Aziz Ansari is the latest big name to be accused of sexual misconduct.
In the case of the former Parks and Recreation star, and current creator of Netflix's Master of None, an unnamed photographer has come out and accused Ansari of going way too far on a date last year.
According to a series of text messages between Ansari and this alleged victim, the incident occurred in September.
The woman, who is referred to a "Grace" in her account to Babe.net, says she and Ansari bonded at an after-Emmy Awards party due to their shared passion for photography.
They later went out and ended up back at his apartment.
Grace says she felt "uncomfortable" with how quickly Ansari undressed himself and then her.
Within moments of their first kiss, Grace says Ansari went to get a condom.
“I said something like, ‘Whoa, let’s relax for a sec, let’s chill,'" recounts Grace, adding that the actor then briefly performed oral sex on her before asking her to do the same to him.
“It was really quick. Everything was pretty much touched and done within ten minutes of hooking up, except for actual sex," Grace now details.
Ansari would frequently place his fingers in Grace's mouth and then try to "finger" her vagina, she says, emphasizing that he also forced her hand onto his penis.
“He probably moved my hand to his dick five to seven times,” she says. “He really kept doing it after I moved it away.”
Grace describes the troubling encounter as seeming like a "game" to Ansari, who she alleges kept following her around his apartment.
She says she gave him repeated "verbal and non-verbal" clues that she was NOT interested in going any further.
She eventually excused herself to go into the bathroom and collect herself.
After relaying her discomfort to Ansari, she thought the possibility of sex was finally no longer an issue in his mind and she stuck around for a little while longer.
But after the star again motioned for her to give him a blow job and made out with her once more, she left the residence in tears.
“I cried the whole ride home. At that point I felt violated," says Grace.
The following day, Grace texted Ansari.
"Last night might have been fun for you it wasn't for me," she said in a message that she saved and has now made public.
"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," she continued.
Ansari then replied and did apologize for his actions.
The woman says she decided to come forward after she saw Ansari wearing a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globes, supporting the foundation that has been set up to support victims of sexual assault.
Ansari won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for his lead role on Master of None at the event.
Grace says her friends helped her grapple with the aftermath of her evening with Ansari.
“It took a really long time for me to validate this as sexual assault,” she told Babe.
“I was debating if this was an awkward sexual experience or sexual assault. And that’s why I confronted so many of my friends and listened to what they had to say, because I wanted validation that it was actually bad.”
“I believe that I was taken advantage of by Aziz."
"I was not listened to and ignored. It was by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had.”
Says Ansari in a 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.