Sexual Misconduct

Aziz Ansari Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Aziz Ansari addressed the sexual misconduct allegations he received recently through the online publication called Babe and an anonymous 23-year-old photographer.

The Golden Globe winning actor and comedian was accused by the woman of being the "worst experience with a man [she’d] ever had." To act as proof of her statement, the woman had friends of hers collaborate and came forward with photos and texts after their date.

She says that the two met at an Emmys after-party, bonded over camera film, went on a date, went back to his place, and then things turned sour.

She says Ansari came on strong at that point and aggressively tried to have sex with her. While in the middle of kissing and foreplay, the woman says she tried to physically show her discomfort.

In her words, she showed this "in [her] pulling away and mumbling. I know that my hand stopped moving at some points. I stopped moving my lips and turned cold. 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."

Then, Ansari brought up the topic of them having sex and she rejected him. He then suggested they put their clothes back on. The woman notes that he tried to bring up the topic of sex a little later (and even tried to undo her pants), but she again declined and left.

In the original post published by Babe, the woman then included a text conversation shared between the two the next day.

"Hey - it was fun meeting you last night,” he said. "Last night might've been fun for you. It wasn't fun for me," she responded, "You ignored clear non-verbal cues" and "kept going with advances." "I’m so sad to hear this,” Ansari responded. “Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry."

Now, Aziz Ansari has reached out to The Fader to share his statement and perspective on the situation.

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.

-Aziz Ansari

Louis C.K. Not Laughing About Sexual Accusations

Another big name in comedy and television has surfaced as the latest person accused of sexual misconduct. Allegedly, funny man Louis C.K. is being accused by five different individuals of lewd acts dating back over the last 15 years.

Louis C.K., whose comedy is crass, irreverent and upright male-centric, is notable for sex and masturbation jokes that leave audience members with side-splitting laughter, but in the awkward “WTF?” aftermath. I was lucky to see him at the Comedy Cellar in NYC in 2014 and Louis didn’t hold back. His style is very matter-of-fact and you also see this in the characters he plays in television and film. His portrayals are essentially Louis C.K.

So is it a shock that now in the recent onslaught of accusations of production heads and celebrities that Louis C.K. has been thrown into the mix?

Well, according to a huge New York Times article, various comedy personalities and celebrities have known of Louis C.K.’s antics for some time, but have stayed silent because of the potential damage that feared to their careers. In various accounts from comedians like Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner, Rebecca Corry and one other woman who wishes to remain anonymous, there are allegations of Louis masturbating or requesting to masturbate in front of them. You see the common theme, here?

Louis C.K. and his publicist have yet to comment and have made it clear that they will not be commenting. Dave Becky, Louis C.K.’s manager has been upset about the exposure this is bringing for Louis. But it seems that the entertainment industry can attest to the stories being shared by these women.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette who were executive producers on a pilot in 2005 with Louis shared that they knew what happened to Rebecca Cory and were shocked that such unwarranted behavior had occurred.

Tig Notaro, one of my favorite comedians—best known for her dry wit—works with Louis C.K. on her Amazon series One Mississippi. Louis is executive producer on the show. Notaro is one of the few in the comedy world who has spoken out about the allegations toward Louis C.K., but learned about his track record after their series had been sold to Amazon. Notaro claims she is in support of the women who have come forward about Louis C.K. and any who may still need time to come forward.

Louis C.K.’s film I Love You, Daddy which was set to premiere today in New York has been suddenly cancelled, in addition to an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

With the current trend of people being ousted for sexual misconduct, it is possible that this is only the beginning in an uphill battle for Louis C.K.