Aziz Ansari accused of sexual assault

Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year, according to The Associated Press, NBC News and many other news outlets.

The woman, identified as a 23-year-old photographer in an interview with, says she was furious when she saw Ansari, a comedian and actor, wearing a “Time’s Up” pin while accepting a Golden Globe Award on Jan. 7. She said it brought back memories of him assaulting her after a date in his apartment.

Ansari said in a statement Sunday that he apologized last year when she told him about her discomfort and said he believed the encounter to be consensual.

In a statement to NBC News, Ansari described the encounter as “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,” the statement said. “It was true that everything did seem OK 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.”