Journalist who broke Aziz Ansari allegations hits back at critical CNN host Ashleigh Banfield

Journalist who broke Aziz Ansari allegations hits back at critical CNN host Ashleigh Banfield

Aziz Ansari has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The journalist who wrote the first piece alleging Aziz Ansari sexually harassed a woman has hit back at a TV host for criticising the alleged victim for “complaining about a bad date."

Katie Way broke the story about Ansari on the website Babe, which included details from a woman known as Grace who is said to have gone on a date with the actor.

Grace had claimed she ended up at Ansari's home where she had what she described as the worst night of her life, feeling uncomfortable at sexual advances made by the man.

CNN host Ashleigh Banfield accused the woman of "appalling" behaviour as she's potentially ruined the career of Ansari over a date where she didn't “bloody well leave" despite apparently being upset.

She claimed: "By your own clear description, this was not a rape, nor was it a sexual assault. By your description."

Way has now hit back at the presenter in a email, which Banfield read out, according to Newshub.

Banfield claimed Way wrote that she's a "burgundy lipstick, bad highlights, second wave feminist has-been" and "nobody under the age of 45 has heard of [her]." 

The journalist allegedly also slammed Banfield's comments on Grace as "one of the lowest, most despicable things I've ever seen in my entire life."

Of course, the CNN host had her own comments in response to the email, saying that if she really believed in feminism and women's rights then "the last thing you should do is attack someone in an ad hominem way for her age - I'm 50 - and for my highlights."