Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations he pressured a woman into a sexual encounter.

Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to a woman’s report that he pressured her into sexual activity, saying he thought the interaction had been “completely consensual”, but that he “took her words to heart”.

The 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer’s account of an evening spent with the Master On None star appeared in Babe on Saturday. Speaking anonymously, the woman said she had met Ansari at a 2017 Emmy Awards after-party then met up with him for a date in September.

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She describes a sexual encounter where the 34-year-old kissed her, performed oral sex on her and asked her to do the same, despite her ” verbal and non-verbal cues” that she was uncomfortable.

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"He sat back and pointed to his penis and motioned for me to go down on him," she told Babe. "And I did. I think I just felt really pressured. It was literally the most unexpected thing I thought would happen at that moment because I told him I was uncomfortable."

The next day she sent Ansari a text saying she had felt "uneasy" to which she said he responded, "Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry."

In his statement, issued today, Ansari also said he responded to her text with concern.

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Ansari said after texting back and forth, the pair had dinner, and afterwards "we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual".

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"The next day, I got a text from her saying that although 'it may have seemed okay,' upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable.

"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."

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Ansari - who wore black and a Time's Up pin to the Golden Globe Awards indicating his endorsement of the initiative against sexual harassment - concluded by saying he supports the "necessary and long overdue" movement.

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