"Master of None" star Aziz Ansari said he took "to heart" a recent allegation of sexual misconduct made by a Brooklyn photographer.
Over the weekend, the 23-year-old woman, identified as "Grace," told Babe.net that she felt violated after an evening that left her in tears. They met at an Emmys party in September 2017 and subsequently went on a date. Later, at his home, Ansari repeatedly pressured her for sex and ignored verbal and non-verbal cues to desist.
The next day, Grace texted him about her uncomfortable experience. "It may have seemed okay. But I didn't feel good at all." The actor apologized and replied, "It would never be my intention to make you or anyone feel the way you described."
Now, after Grace's public allegations, Ansari has made a public statement:
"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. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.
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. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said.
I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue."