Beloved comedian and “Master of None” creator Aziz Ansari is the latest Hollywood star to find himself at the center of a sexual assault scandal after a 23-year-old Brooklyn photographer accused him of pressuring her into having sex with him and forcing himself onto her.
The woman, identified as Grace, described her unpleasant encounter with Ansari to Babe. They met at the 2017 Emmy Awards after-party and initially hit it off because they both brought the same kind of camera to the event. After some flirting and further conversation, Grace put her number in Ansari’s phone.
They ended up setting up a date that saw Grace meet Ansari at his Manhattan apartment before taking a stroll to an oyster bar on the Hudson river. She said that the date went smoothly until the very end, when she sensed something strange.
“When the waiter came over [Ansari] quickly asked for the check and he said like, ‘Let’s get off this boat,’” Grace recalled, noting that there was still wine in her glass and in the bottle Ansari had ordered.
“Like, he got the check and then it was bada-boom, bada-bing, we’re out of there,” she added.
When they arrived back to his apartment, Ansari allegedly turned their encounter sexual in no time at all.
“It was really quick. Everything pretty much touched and done within ten minutes of hooking up, except for actual sex,” Grace said, describing the way Ansari put his fingers down her throat before performing sex acts on her and relentlessly put her hand on his penis.
“It was 30 minutes of me getting up and moving and him following and sticking his fingers down my throat again. It was really repetitive,” she said.
Ansari allegedly apologized, stating: “Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.” Grace decided to come forward with her story, however, after seeing that Ansari wore a Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes to protest against sexual harassment.