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'I Took Her Words To Heart', Says Aziz Ansari, Responding To Sexual Assault Allegations

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| January 15 , 2018 , 12:07 IST

When the sexual assault allegations made by a New York photographer against the self-declared feminist and the Master of None star Aziz Ansari his entire fan base was shocked. A Brooklyn-based lady accused the comedian of sexual advances which made her uncomfortable.

Some took this as an opportunity to humiliate the comedian-actor while demanding for an action against him whereas others didn't find the entire act anything more than a publicity gimmick but the person in question remained silent throughout.

A day after the incident unfolded, Ansari broke silence over the matter and issued an official statement through his representative. "In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date," he stated.

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Denying the accusations claiming that he coerced the 23-year-old photographer into performing some objectionable sexual act during their date in September 2017, Aziz claimed, "We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual."

In further explanation, the comedian stated, "The next day, I got a text from her saying that although "it may have seemed okay," upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned."

Accepting the matter of concern, Aziz conveyed, "I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said." Notably, the woman named "Grace" also mentioned about her texting Ansari the next day to express her distress.

Ansari has always supported campaigns like #MeeToo and Time's Up and the accusations questioned his connection with these women upliftment initiatives. "I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture,' he said. 'It is necessary and long overdue," Ansari confirmed.