31 hours after after Babe magazine released an account of a 23-year-old photographer's horrifying date with Aziz Ansari, the Master of None star is finally addressing the allegations.
Grace, the woman named in the piece, met Ansari at the 2017 Emmy Awards after-party. After bonding over their use of film cameras instead of digital ones, Ansari asked Grace out on a date.
That's when things went sideways.
Grace sensed Ansari was rushing to finish their dinner at Manhattan hot spot, Grand Banks, an Oyster Bar on the Hudson River. The reason for this became clear when Ansari took Grace home and proceeded to try to sleep with her.
“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. It felt like a fucking game,” Grace said, comparing the ordeal to a football play.
Things came to a head when Ansari finally noticed her nonverbal cues and asked her if she was okay. “I said I don’t want to feel forced because then I’ll hate you,” Grace replied. “And I’d rather not hate you.”
To this, Ansari replied,” ‘Oh, of course, it’s only fun if we’re both having fun.’ ” And then he suggested, ” ‘Let’s just chill over here on the couch.’ ”
That’s where he then coerced Grace into giving him oral sex, afterwards saying, ” ‘Doesn’t look like you hate me.’ ”
Grace went home crying.
When the actor reached out to her again, she sent him a text detailing exactly how she felt, and then she went one further, detailing their encounter to Babe in a move one writer at The Atlantic terms “3,000 words of revenge porn”.
Grace doesn’t see it that way. She says she felt compelled to speak out after she noticed Ansari wearing a “Times Up pin.”