Canadian TV information anchor Ashleigh Banfield says she felt compelled to publicly problem the sexual assault accusations in opposition to comic Aziz Ansari as a result of the “injustice” risked harming the #metoo and Time’s Up actions.
The Winnipeg native made headlines for Monday evening’s on-air open letter throughout her HLN present Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield, during which she responded to an nameless girl who has accused Ansari of “sexual assault” and subjecting her to “the worst evening of (her) life.”
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The 23-year-old New York-based photographer informed Babe.web that she met Ansari at an Emmy Awards after-party within the fall and so they subsequently went out for dinner. She alleges Ansari rushed her from the restaurant again to his condominium and shortly started kissing her, undressing and inspiring her to have intercourse.
The article says the lady “used verbal and non-verbal cues to point how uncomfortable and distressed she was.”
She is quoted as saying, “I do know I used to be bodily giving off cues that I wasn’t . I don’t suppose that was seen in any respect, or if it was, it was ignored.”
Ansari didn’t deny “participating in sexual exercise” with the lady however mentioned in an announcement that he believed it was “fully consensual.”
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On Monday evening, Banfield pulled no punches in calling the lady’s allegations “reckless and hole.” She mentioned the lady’s allegations amounted to an unlucky romantic encounter and never sexual assault.
“You had a nasty date, your date received overly amorous. After protesting his strikes, you didn’t stand up and go away immediately, you continued to interact within the sexual encounter. By your individual clear description, this was not a rape, not a sexual assault,” an impassioned Banfield mentioned throughout her practically five-minute-long rant.
“What you may have completed in my view is appalling, you may have gone to the press with a narrative of a nasty date and you’ve got probably destroyed this man’s profession over it…. You could have chiselled away at a motion that I together with all of my sisters within the office have been dreaming of for many years.”
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Banfield mentioned Wednesday she was nervous about delivering her letter and anticipated a big backlash – nevertheless it by no means materialized.
“At the moment everytime you take a public stand that you must put in your Kevlar the subsequent day and take the potshots that include it. I believed I might be crucified by a large number of folks,” Banfield mentioned, including she took the chance given her fears of the #metoo and Time’s Up actions taking a step backwards.
“I’ve been barely nervous within the final brief whereas about it operating amok, I’ve felt the tradewinds appear to be altering barely and my worry was that this motion was going to take a success.
“I believed it was vital sufficient to be on the report proper at that second.”
However she mentioned she’s not defending Ansari and the alleged behaviour that transpired at his condominium. She simply doesn’t suppose it must be known as sexual assault.
The Babe.web article particulars the couple participating in oral intercourse and describes Ansari’s sexual advances and behavior as “these of a attractive, tough, entitled 18-year-old.”
The girl says after being repeatedly pressured for intercourse she refused and Ansari responded: “How about we simply chill, however this time with our garments on?” She says it was after they received dressed and began watching an episode of ‘Seinfeld’ that “it actually hit me that I used to be violated.”
“When you’re going to behave the way in which Aziz Ansari has been described as having behaved, then disgrace on you,” Banfield mentioned.
“I’m not Aziz Ansari’s defender – though I believe some folks suppose I’m – I’m a defender of the motion and I’m a defender of acceptable justice the place it’s deserved.
“I don’t suppose it rose to the extent of a Hollywood blackball.”