Actor/comedian Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual misconduct. The allegations leveled against the Master of None star are the latest in a string of claims that have been made against some of the biggest stars in Hollywood over the last several months. Beginning with the massive Harvey Weinstein scandal that first dropped back in October, the Me Too and Time's Up movements have brought to light just how rampant sexual misconduct is within the entertainment industry. Some major names have been publicly confronted about their sordid behavior, including Louis CK, Kevin Spacey, and Sylvester Stallone.
At last week's Golden Globe awards, many of Hollywood's stars wore black and sported "Time's Up" pins to raise awareness and show support for victims while announcing to the world that the industry would no longer tolerate such behavior being swept under the rug. It seems that the movement has accomplished all of those things, and the Golden Globes ceremony has even brought about a slew of new allegations and an increased focus on past claims that were perhaps forgotten.
James Franco, Gary Oldman, and Kirk Douglas are among those who've been called out in the award show's aftermath, though it looks like we have another name to add to that list. In a new report from babe, Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual assault by a woman that the actor went on a date with last September. According to the woman -- who understandably wished to remain anonymous, due to the intense public backlash that many accusers are unfortunately faced with -- the former Parks and Rec star became very sexually aggressive after bringing her back to his New York City apartment. The woman went on describe their encounter as “by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had.” The full account of the evening is highly detailed and pretty disturbing, so click on the link above at your own discretion.
Ansari's comedy is heavily focused on the intricacies of dating in the digital age. He even wrote a best-selling book about it (Modern Romance), which just makes this report even more disappointing. The actor will of course be given the chance to defend himself, as he should. He hasn't yet provided a public statement, though when confronted with his actions via text, he reportedly responded, "I'm so sad to hear this. All I can say is, it would never be my intention to make you or anyone feel the way you described. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I'm truly sorry."
If the charges are indeed accurate, Ansari's actions would fly in the face of some of the biggest talking points in his comedy. As the list of celebrities accused of sexual misconduct continues to grow, the issue becomes all the more troubling. We can only hope that it leads to more awareness about the issue going forward, and that both verbal and non-verbal consent are more carefully considered as a result.