Just days after winning a Golden Globe and participating in a national anti-sexual-harassment campaign called Time’s Up, Aziz Ansari — who has starred in TV series like “Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None” — has been accused of sexual assault, according to various news reports.
The accusation was made by a woman who is being identified as a 23-year-old photographer named “Grace,” according to Babe, the entertainment news outlet who first reported the claim.
According to Vanity Fair, the woman met Ansari while she was taking photos at the Emmy Awards after party. At some point, the two exchanged phone numbers and eventually went on a date in late September which ended at his apartment.
“She claims he almost immediately began kissing, fondling and undressing her and then said he was going to grab a condom. The woman says she asked him to slow down, but he continued and performed oral sex on her,” reported TMZ. “She says when he started sticking his fingers in her throat, she used verbal and non-verbal cues to indicate her discomfort.”
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The woman went home in tears and texted him the next day, according to Babe, which posted photos of the texts on Instagram.
“Last night might have been fun for you it wasn’t for me,” she said. “When we got back to your place, you ignored clear, non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances. You had to have noticed I was uncomfortable.”
According to TMZ — who reached out to Ansari and got no response — when the woman saw Ansari wearing a Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes, she decided to tell her story.
That night, Ansari won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for his lead role on Netflix’s “Master of None.”
The majority of the stars at the Golden Globes wore black in a coordinated wardrobe effort in support of the #MeToo movement, which has continued to grow after The New York Times reported on how Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed women and paid off accusers for decades.
The all-black-clothing campaign rallied more than 300 entertainers. The purpose? To fight the culture of sexual harassment for women in all workplaces. Time’s Up raised more than $15 million for a legal defense fund for people who have experienced workplace harassment.