HLN Host Ashleigh Banfield Savagely Blasts Aziz Ansari Accuser For ‘Reckless’ Claims

#Me too movement has become huge.

And that is an amazing thing. I mean, so many people have come together to fight against sexual harassment. I, myself believe that a victim of sexual assault should always come forward even when they are scared.

Because that one person can make a big difference. However, some people take it a bit too far. I’m sure you already know about the whole ordeal in which an anonymous person accused Aziz Ansari of sexual assault.

The accuser used the alias ‘Grace.’

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Following is what she said:

Most of my discomfort was expressed in me pulling away and mumbling … I know I was physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested. I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored.

It was 30 minutes of me getting up and moving and him following and sticking his fingers down my throat again. It was really repetitive. It felt like a f—king game.


Ansari was quick to respond.

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.

However, Banfield was appalled by the ‘reckless’ claims of the accuser.

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This what she had to say:

You had a bad date. Your date got overly amorous. After protesting his moves, you did not get up and leave right away, you continued to engage in the sexual encounter.

By your own clear description, this was not a rape, nor was it a sexual assault — by your description.

Your sexual encounter was unpleasant. It did not send you to the police. It did not affect your workplace or your ability to get a job, so I have to ask you: What exactly was your beef?

That you had a bad date with Aziz Ansari? Is that what victimized you to the point of seeking a public conviction and a career-ending sentence against him?

If you just had an unpleasant sexual experience, you should have gone home … But what you have done in my opinion is appalling.

You went to the press with the story of a bad date, and you have potentially destroyed this man’s career over it right after he received an award for which he was worthy.

Banfield then went on to say that ‘Grace’ chiseled away at the #metoo movement.

You have chiseled away at a movement that I, along with all of my sisters in the workplace, have been dreaming of for decades, a movement that has finally changed an oversexed professional environment that I too have struggled with at times in my last 30 years in broadcasting.

If you’re lucky there’s a really good chance that you’re not going to experience the toxic work environment that the rest of us have endured, and that is because of the remarkable progress being made against the Harvey Weinsteins and the Kevin Spaceys of the world.

The #MeToo movement has righted a lot of wrongs, and it has made your career path much smoother. All of the gains that have been achieved on your behalf and mine are now being compromised with the allegations you threw out there, and I’m going to call them ‘reckless and hollow.’

I cannot name you publicly and sentence you to a similar career hit as Ansari, because you have chosen to remain anonymous. Lucky you. But as you grow in your photography career.

I really do hope you remember what you did to someone else’s career all because of that bad date that was not sexual assault, that was not sexual harassment, by your description.

And I hope that next time you go on a bad date, you stand up sooner, you smooth out your dress, and you bloody well leave, because the only sentence a guy like that deserves is a case of blue balls, not a Hollywood blackball.

-Ashleigh Banfield

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