CNN host tells woman accusing Aziz Ansari of sexual harassment 'it was just a bad date'

CNN host tells woman accusing Aziz Ansari of sexual harassment 'it was just a bad date'

Ashleigh Banfield says the accuser's behaviour is 'appalling'

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A CNN host has come out in support of Aziz Ansari, who has been accused of sexual harassment, and claimed the woman just had a "bad date."

The Parks and Recreation actor has been accused by a 23-year-old woman of making unwanted sexual advances towards her at his home.

The woman known as Grace gave a detailed description to website Babe, stating that it was the worst night of her life and she felt uncomfortable, expressing it by "pulling away and mumbling."

She also said: "I know that my hand stopped moving at some point [during the encounter]. I stopped moving my lips and turned cold.”

She stated she was "physically giving off cues" that she was not interested in any activity with Ansari but "I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored."

Presenter Ashleigh Banfield has now accused the woman of "appalling" behaviour, claiming she "potentially destroyed this man’s career over it right after he received an award for which he was worthy."

She said she believes if the situation was that awful the woman should’ve just gone home but instead she didn't “bloody well leave."

Addressing the alleged victim, Banfield said: "By your own clear description, this was not a rape, nor was it a sexual assault. By your description."

Banfield also questioned why the woman did not inform the police of the matter as "it did not affect your workplace or your ability to get a job.

“You had a bad date. Your date got overly amorous."

Ansari has already responded to the allegation by claiming all that took place was “completely consensual" but he is saddened the woman felt uncomfortable.

He also said: “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."