Aziz Ansari may have been taking a low profile following sexual misconduct allegations against him two months ago, but Adam Scott says he's doing well.
The Master of None star has kept out of the spotlight with zero public appearances since the allegations came out.
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Scott, who played Ben Wyatt alongside Ansari's Tom Haverford in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, hints at his pal's condition during an interview with Vulture released on Friday.
When asked about Ansari, Scott was initially hesitant to say much about his friend for fear of getting his words misconstrued. However, he does offer some assurance to fans about the actor's current condition.
"I don't want to say anything that would be misconstrued," he admits. "I'll say this: Aziz is doing great. He's a great, lovely guy. How's that?"
Earlier this year, a 23-year-old woman going by the alias "Grace" came forward to accuse Ansari of sexual misconduct after they met at an Emmy's afterparty. The two of them reportedly engaged in sexual activity, including oral sex. According to the New York photographer, she kept saying "no" to his advances of sexual intercourse, but the actor ignored her and continued to initiate intercourse.
Ansari addressed the allegations, saying that while the two did go to his apartment following their date, the woman reached out to him the next day to say she was "uncomfortable" with what happened between them. The actor responded privately to the message and "took her words to heart."
The incident has sparked a debate in the industry with defenders criticizing Ansari's insensitivity to his date's discomfort and others who call her actions reckless to the movement for classifying her "bad date" as something more serious.
"The problem is that people will read just the name and then just the accusation and they don't find out anything more than that ... but it sounds like it was consensual," McHale says to TMZ, adding that he supports the #MeToo movement, and it should continue forever, "but if someone had a bad date, then it's a bad date."
On the other hand, author Jessica Valenti pointed out in a tweet that while the incident in Ansari's residence may be the norm, part of the movement is expressing how normal sexual encounters are actually not working for women.