I’m in a gown, and I walked up to Aziz and said, ‘What’d you just shoot with?
’” Grace is a 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer, then aged 22.
She settled on “a tank-top dress and jeans.” She showed me a picture, it was a good outfit.
After arriving at his apartment in Manhattan on Monday evening, they exchanged small talk and drank wine. “I didn’t get to choose and I prefer red, but it was white wine.” Then Ansari walked her to Grand Banks, an Oyster bar onboard a historic wooden schooner on the Hudson River just a few blocks away. They discussed NYU, comedy and a new, secret project he was working on, but she says she did most of the talking.
When they walked back in, she complimented his marble countertops.
According to Grace, Ansari turned the compliment into an invitation.
“Most of my discomfort was expressed in me pulling away and mumbling.
“It was 30 minutes of me getting up and moving and him following and sticking his fingers down my throat again. It felt like a fucking game.” Throughout the course of her short time in the apartment, she says she used verbal and non-verbal cues to indicate how uncomfortable and distressed she was.“He said something along the lines of, ‘How about you hop up and take a seat? “In a second, his hand was on my breast.” Then he was undressing her, then he undressed himself.She remembers feeling uncomfortable at how quickly things escalated.Refinery29 called him “a certified woke bae.” In the second season of “Master of None”, one episode introduces a macho TV food guy called Chef Jeff, who gives Ansari’s character Dev a huge career opportunity before being accused of sexually inappropriate conduct by a bunch of women.Discussing the storyline, Ansari said he wanted to examine what happens when much-loved characters are revealed to be creeps, making all those around them who don’t speak out complicit.