A well-known actor and comedian talked publicly for the first time about an allegation of sexual misconduct against him. The AP reports that Aziz Ansari, known for his role on the NBC series “Parks and Recreation” and for creating and starring in the Netflix series “Master of None,” opened up about the allegation during a stand-up show Monday at the Village Underground in New York.
Vulture quotes Ansari explaining why he hadn’t talked about it in the past, noting that his voice wavered as he said: “There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way.”
Ansari then added: “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.”
Vulture adds: “Ansari recalled a conversation in which a friend told him it made him rethink every date he’s been on: ‘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.’”
You can read more about the allegations against Ansari in our report from January 2018 by clicking here.
Below is a clip of Ansari on “Saturday Night Live” from about a year before the allegations surfaced …