Aziz Ansari talks about the sexual misconduct allegations against him for the first time
‘I hope I’ve become a better person’
In a gig on Monday night, Aziz Ansari talked for the first time about the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him last year.
During a massively oversubscribed gig at Village Underground in New York, Ansari said he hopes he has "become a better person."
Vulture first reported the comments. The site said Ansari led into talking about the topic by making a joke about a member of the public mixing him up with 'Patriot Act' star Hasan Minhaj and then realizing who he was.
“‘Oh, no, Aziz, right?’ Yeah, yeah, that’s me. ‘Master of None!’ Yeah, yeah, that’s me. ‘Parks and Rec!’ Yeah, yeah, that’s me. ‘Treat yourself!’ Yeah, yeah, that’s me. ‘And you had the whole thing come out last year — sexual misconduct?’ No, no, no, no, no, no, that’s Hasan!”
The comedian then told his audience: “There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way," – referring to the young woman whose experience formed the basis of babe's story last year.
According to Vulture he then said: “But you know, after a year, how I feel about it is, I hope it was a step forward. It made me think about a lot, and I hope I’ve become a better person.” Ansari then mentioned a friend who said the story forced him to reconsider every date he had been on. Ansari added:
“If that has made not just me but other guys think about this, and just be more thoughtful and aware and willing to go that extra mile, and make sure someone else is comfortable in that moment, that’s a good thing.”
His remarks prompted Vox to write: "Aziz Ansari actually talked about the sexual misconduct allegation against him like an adult."