Ashleigh Banfield Blasts Aziz Ansari Accuser for 'Reckless' Claims

Peter Castro
January 18, 2018

USA actor-comedian Aziz Ansari has insisted a sexual encounter with an accuser was "completely consensual".

His statement was in response to the claims of a woman referred to only as a 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer named "Grace".

The allegations of sexual harassment made against comedian and TV star Aziz Ansari have sparked off an online debate with several prominent news outlets and voices of the Me Too and Time's Up movements taking divisive stances on the issue. Later, at his home, Ansari repeatedly pressured her for sex and ignored verbal and non-verbal cues to desist.

Ansari, who has been vocally spoken out against sexual assault, was accused of pressuring her to have sex with him after she said she made it clear she was not interested. "It was by far the worst experience with a man I've ever had", she told Babe, and therefore, the world.

Banfield ended the short segment with a flourish, saying: "I hope the next time you go on a bad date, you stand up sooner, you smooth out your dress and you bloody well leave". She added to Ansari's Golden Globe win, "You went to the press with the story of a bad date, and you have potentially destroyed this man's career over it right after he received an award for which he was worthy".

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The woman said she decided to make her story public after she saw Ansari sport a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globe Awards last week, at which he won the award for "Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy" for his monumental work on Netflix's "Master of None" (see earlier India-West story here).

The woman claimed Ansari told her he was going to grab a condom, just minutes after they began kissing. Then comes the onslaught of tone-deaf think pieces, such as Andrew Sullivan's take on the #MeToo movement in The Daily Intelligencer in which he decrees that secretly removing a condom during sex or drunkenly badgering female colleagues via text message are really just "minor offenses".

To that, Ansari responded that he "clearly... misread things" at the moment, and that he was "truly sorry". "We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date", he said. If Mr. Ansari couldn't decipher this, it says more about his sense of sexual entitlement than anything else. Listen, if you go to a guy's apartment, and something does happen, it's going to be a lot harder for you to say, 'Listen, this is what happened.' Because he can say, 'No, it didn't'. "It is necessary and long overdue", Ansari's statement concluded. So I have to ask you, what exactly was your beef?' "At that point I felt violated", she said, telling Babe she felt her experience with Ansari amounted to sexual assault.

Ansari responded on Sunday in a statement released through his representative that read: "In September of past year, I met a woman at a party".

Since the Babe article was published, Ansari has responded publicly about the claims. It's good that women who have been sexually assaulted and abused are coming forward; it's good that we're finally having conversations about the nature of consent and the problems with a casual hookup culture that obfuscates sexual responsibility.

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