The controversy surrounding Aziz Ansari's accuser continues, with many still undecided on how to go about handling the allegation. The comedian was accused by a woman who goes by the name "Grace" of "inappropriate behavior" and sexual misconduct after the two went on a date.
While many have debated where the line of consent should be drawn, others in media have come to Ansari's defense and slammed his accuser for potentially "damaging" the #MeToo and Time's Up movement.
Fellow comedian and actress Amy Schumer is now giving her sentiments on the situation and also recounting her own experience with sexual assault.
"I Was Flat Out Raped"
Schumer spoke on the subject during an interview on The Katie Couric Podcast. The actress, who is also friends with Ansari, stated that she doesn't want to see Ansari's career affected by the allegation but that it doesn't make the situation okay. Schumer also stated that unfortunately, even if Ansari is innocent, people tend to assume the worse.
"They go, 'Does he deserve this?' And it's really not about that. I think it's about expressing and showing women that that behavior's not okay and not only can you leave, but you need to leave. Because then the women who come after you, you're leaving a mark for them too," the actress stated.
The Trainwreck star also elaborated that she, herself, was raped and that there need to be more discussions between women about the "different levels" of being in uncomfortable situations.
"We need to be teaching each other the kind of behavior that's acceptable and so when something comes up, to say, 'That makes me really uncomfortable," or just what you're willing to accept. Those are the hard conversations, but we can't let things continue the way that they've continued because there's so many different levels of it."
Schumer ended the discussion by stating that even though she is close with Ansari, she understands where the woman is coming from as well.
"Even if it's my friend, I don't go, 'Oh, but he's a good guy.' I think, 'What would it feel like to have been her?'" Schumer concluded.
Ansari's accuser was a 23 year-old photographer who has still chosen to remain anonymous. Ansari confirmed that he and the women did engage in sexual activity in his apartment, however the following day he received a message from her stating he she was "uncomfortable" with how the night went.
Ansari claimed he reached out to her to settle any misgivings the woman had.