A new chapter in the debate on consent has been opened through the sexual assault allegations made against comic-actor Aziz Ansari.

An anonymous 23-year-old woman, who went by the name Grace, said the assault took place after a date with Ansari last September in New York.

The woman said they went back to the actor’s apartment after the outing.

Grace claims that Ansari performed oral sex on her and asked her to reciprocate the gesture and although she wasn’t interested, she felt pressured to do so.

According to Grace, she gave Ansari “verbal and non-verbal cues” to show her discomfort.

She said: “Most of my discomfort was expressed in me pulling away and mumbling. I know that my hand stopped moving at some points. I stopped moving my lips and turned cold.”

Back at home, Grace said she texted Ansari, saying: “It may have seemed okay. But I didn’t feel good at all.”

And the actor’s response was: “I’m so sad to hear this. All I can say is, it would never be my intention to make you or anyone feel the way you described. Clearly I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.”

The actor has since responded to the allegations, saying everything that took place “was completely consensual”.

He said in a statement: “In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.

“The next day, 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.

“I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

After taking both accounts into consideration, many across the world can’t seem to agree on whether the episode can be described as sexual misconduct.

A section of commenters on Twitter believes it represents non-consensual oral sex while another insists that the actor did nothing wrong.

The debate predominantly centres on the definition and limit of sexual consent.

Here are the most intriguing reactions.

Aziz Ansari won a Golden Globe award for ‘Master of None’ last weekend.



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