Aziz Ansari was spotted out in New York City in a rare public sighting since being accused of sexual misconduct in January.
The 34-year old was seen in Manhattan’s West Village on Monday wearing a gray coat, gray pants, black socks and white sneakers.
The ‘Master of None’ star was also sporting a pair of black sunglasses and speaking on a cellphone as he crossed the street.
Ansari has kept a low profile since a woman, who spoke to Babe on the condition of anonymity, said that the actor ignored her verbal and non-verbal cues in his Manhattan apartment in September last year repeatedly tried to pressure into having sex over the course of the night.
Aziz Ansari was spotted out in New York City in a rare public sighting since being accused of sexual misconduct in January. The 34-year old was seen in Manhattan’s West Village on Monday wearing a gray coat, gray pants, black socks and white sneakers.
Ansari has kept a low profile since a woman, who spoke to Babe on the condition of anonymity, said that the actor ignored her verbal and non-verbal cues in his Manhattan apartment in September last year repeatedly tried to pressure into having sex over the course of the night
The woman said she met Ansari at an after-party for the Emmys in Los Angeles on September 17 when she noticed they had both brought the same kind of film cameras.
She said she exchanged phone numbers with Ansari at the party and later made plans for a date when they had both returned to New York.
On Monday, September 25, she said she went to Ansari’s swanky TriBeCa apartment, where they drank white wine and talked.
After dinner at an oyster bar a few blocks away, she said they returned to his apartment.
She claims he performed oral sex on her and then asked her to reciprocate, which she did.
The 23-year-old New York-based photographer said she met Ansari at an Emmys after-party in September 2017 (Pictured, Ansari at last year’s Emmys)
The woman claims he stuck his fingers down her throat and allegedly kept moving her hand towards his penis.
She said she couldn’t say whether Ansari was just clueless or actively ignoring her signals.
‘I know I was physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested. I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored,’ she said.
She alleges that Ansari repeatedly asked her ‘Where do you want me to f**k you?’
When the woman stood up to leave, Ansari insisted on calling a car for her, she claims.
‘I cried the whole ride home. At that point I felt violated. That last hour was so out of my hand,’ she said
The woman said that Ansari’s reputation as a feminist and ‘woke’ individual on social issues heightened the sense of disconnect she felt on the date.
‘This was not what I expected. I’d seen some of his shows and read excerpts from his book and I was not expecting a bad night at all, much less a violating night and a painful one,’ she said.
The next day, before the woman could figure out what to say to Ansari about the date, he allegedly sent her a text message.
‘It was fun meeting you last night,’ the message read.
The woman says their date ended back at Ansari’s Manhattan apartment She alleges that Ansari ignored her verbal and non-verbal cues and tried to pressure into having sex throughout the evening (Pictured, Ansari, left, and Donald Glover at the Governor’s Ball in September 2017)
Ansari (pictured at the Emmys in September 2017) said in a statement the following day that any sexual activity on date was consensual ‘by all indications’
The woman responded: ‘Last night might’ve been fun for you, but it wasn’t for me. You ignored clear non-verbal clues; you kept going with advances.
‘I want to make sure you’re aware so maybe the next girl doesn’t have to cry on the ride home.’
Ansari allegedly replied: ‘I’m so sad to hear this. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.’
The day after the story appeared on babe.net, Ansari shared his side of the story.
‘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,’ Ansari acknowledged in a statement to Variety.
‘We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual,’ Ansari said.
‘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,’ he said.
‘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,’ he said. ‘It is necessary and long overdue.’