“Master of None” star Aziz Ansari is being accused of sexual assault by a New York woman, who says she resents that he wore a “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globes last week.
The unidentified woman told the site Babe.net that at his Tribeca apartment, she let Ansari take off her clothes and perform a sex act on her in September, but felt coerced and “uncomfortable.”
She says she initially liked the comedian, also known for his role on “Parks and Recreation,” but quickly became disgusted when he became aggressive.
The 23-year-old photographer said she gave Ansari, 34, both “verbal and non-verbal cues” to back off.
Ansari responded yesterday, saying, “I’m so sad to hear this. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.”
He said he believed the sexual activity was completely consensual.
The woman said she decided to come forward after she saw Ansari wearing a “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globes, where he won best actor in a musical or comedy TV series for his role on “Master of None.”
WAHLBERG RESPONDS: Mark Wahlberg is trying to make up for the bad press a few days ago when it was revealed he was paid $1.5 million for the reshoots of the film “All the Money in the World” while co-star Michelle Williams only got $1,000.
He announced Saturday he would give the entire $1.5 million to the sexual misconduct defensive initiative Time’s Up in Williams’ name. The agency William Morris Endeavor represents both actors and said it will donate an additional $500,000, also in Williams’ name.
The reshoots occurred over 10 days when Christopher Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in the film after sexual misconduct accusations against Spacey surfaced. Both Plummer and Williams were nominated for Golden Globes for their performances.
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