Aziz Ansari makes rare public appearance at Knicks game, as cloud of sexual misconduct hovers
The Master of None creator Aziz Ansari had been lying low ever since he was accused of sexual misconduct by a woman he went out on a date with in January
As the New York Knicks went against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Madison Square Garden, Aziz Ansari was spotted sitting courtside and enjoying the show.
This was the first time that he had been seen in public since January 14 when an article was published where a woman had made claims that he had sexually assaulted her.
The woman had claimed that Ansari was responsible for "the worst night of [her] life."
While attending the Golden Globes he was seen wearing a Times Up pin and responded to the allegations in a statement which revealed, "sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual [. . .] 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."
He did not attend the SAG Awards which took place just days after and chose to keep a low profile like many celebrities who had been accused of sexual harassment.
His low profile and hiding days seem to be over and he was spotted sitting amongst a group of celebrities in the front row alongside Chris Rock, rapper 2 Chainz, and Masters champion Patrick Reed and his wife, Justine Karain.
At one point in the game, Lebron James came over to the all-star group and gave Ansari a hug.
As reported by Babe, the woman who chose to remain anonymous said that Ansari paid no heed to her verbal and non-verbal cues in his apartment and tried to pressurize her to have sex with him.
It is reported that the woman met Ansari at an after-party for the Emmys in LA on September 17th when she noticed that they both had similar cameras.
The pair supposedly exchanged numbers with Ansari at the party and eventually made plans to go on a date when they had both returned to New York.