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HLN's Ashleigh Banfield Blasts Woman Accusing Aziz Ansari of Sexual Misconduct

HLN's Ashleigh Banfield Blasts Woman Accusing Aziz Ansari of Sexual Misconduct

The woman, identified as a 23-year-old photographer in an interview with Babe.net, says she was furious when she saw Ansari was wearing a "Time's Up" pin while accepting a Golden Globe on January 7.

"It turned into the worst night of my life", where a 23-year-old woman alleges Ansari ignored her repeated requests to slow down the physical nature of their relationship during a date last September.

The day after, Ansari said he received a text from Grace saying that although "it may have seemed okay", she felt uncomfortable. Grace demurs in a way that appears to be nonverbal at first, although eventually she says, "Next time", to which Aziz responds by suggesting that if next time means a next date, perhaps another glass of wine presently would count. You have chiseled away at a movement that I, along with all of my sisters in the workplace, have been dreaming of for decades. "It is necessary and long overdue", Ansari's statement concluded.

The woman said she felt the Master of None creator "took advantage" of her during a date and that she used verbal and non-verbal cues to indicate how uncomfortable and distressed she was. "'I didn't get to choose and I prefer red, but it was white wine.' Then Ansari walked her to Grand Banks, an Oyster bar onboard a historic wooden schooner on the Hudson River just a few blocks away". Reading this story should force at least some of these men to confront their sexual past and explore how their behavior may have made women feel. She detailed how Ansari repeatedly tried to have sex with her after the two went back to his TriBeCa apartment after a date. A man will never fully understand the sexism, racism or sexual misconduct a woman experiences, even if he's experienced his own versions of being marginalized, minimized or taken advantage of. She describes escalating circumstances during which he moved and touched her body while she attempted to slow him down and put distance between the two of them.

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While the #MeToo movement has brought down powerful Hollywood personalities like Harvey Weinstein, Banfield said that the accuser's encounter with Ansari did not merit a column that could severely damage his career. "So I'm not blaming her for doing it".

In the show, a character called Chef Jeff - who is Ansari's character's boss, and also co-host of their new cooking show - is accused of a string of sexual assaults, from which Dev (Ansari) is forced to try and distance himself.

"By your own clear description, this was not a rape, nor was it a sexual assault. I think that started a new fire, and it kind of made it more real".

At one point, the woman said she spent around five minutes in the bathroom to compose herself. "That last hour was so out of my hand".

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"So what exactly is your beef?" she asked.

Like so many other women - and some men, too - I have stared into the abyss of a sexual encounter I am not quite sure I wanted to have. Lucky you. But as you grow in your photography career, I really do hope you remember what you did to someone else's career all because of that bad date that was not sexual assault, that was not sexual harassment, by your description.

"A lot of men will read that post about Aziz Ansari and see an everyday, reasonable sexual interaction", wrote Jessica Valenti, a Guardian US columnist and feminist author, in a tweet. When she told him that she had an unpleasant experience, he apologised that he "misread things".

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