15 Jan 2018

Aziz Ansari accused of sexual misconduct, social media reacts

10:33 am on 15 January 2018

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Aziz Ansari.

Aziz Ansari. Photo: Facebook

Comedian and writer Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual misconduct by a woman he went on a date with shortly after last year’s Emmy Awards.

The woman’s anonymous account has been published on the website babe and involves allegations Ansari forced himself on her at his apartment. She described it as “the worst night of my life”.

Ansari is the 34-year-old co-creator of Netflix comedy Master of None and writer of research book Modern Romance: An Investigation. He has previously voiced his support of the #TimesUp movement and has publicly spoken positively about sexual consent.

The woman describes how she met Ansari at an Emmys after-party. They exchanged phone numbers and soon met for dinner, before he abruptly suggested they return to his apartment.

He quickly kissed and groped her and persisted in his attempts to have sex with her despite her both verbally and non-verbally indicating she was uncomfortable.

After performing oral sex on each other - “Everything was pretty much touched and done within ten minutes of hooking up, except for actual sex” - Ansari allegedly made further attempts to have sex, despite the woman continuing to indicate her uncomfortableness and distress.

Ansari is the latest in a long line of powerful men in Hollywood to be recently accused of sexual misconduct, the highest profile being producer Harvey Weinstein and actors Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman.

The website has also shared a subsequent message exchange between the two:

Ansari has now responded to the allegations:

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The story has led to an avalanche of reaction on social media: