11:42:28 12.04.2018 kawabamxa

One Night Away From Day

I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. She approached him because she recognized his camera flash — Aziz Ansari was taking pictures at the 2017 Emmy Awards after-party one Night Away From Day a film camera, not a digital one.

I stood up, and I’m like tipsy at this point and feeling really confident. Grace is a 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer, then aged 22. We are not using her real name to protect her identity because she is not a public figure. She says Ansari brushed her off at first, but after he realized they both brought the same kind of camera to the event, an old model from the 80s, he was impressed. They flirted a little — he took two pictures of her, she snapped some of him — and then she and her date went back to the dance floor.

We would catch eyes every now and then. One of two photos Grace took of Ansari at the Emmys after party. When her plane landed back in New York the next day, she already had a message from him. They exchanged flirtatious banter over text for a week or so before he asked her to go out with him on Monday, September 25. The date didn’t go as planned. The night would end with Grace in an Uber home, in tears, messaging her friends about how Ansari behaved. Babe spoke to the first friends she told about it, and reviewed the messages on her phone.

I just want to take this moment to make you aware of behavior and how uneasy it made me. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry. The mobile phone number from which his texts to her were sent matches up with his details on a searchable public register. We spoke to Grace last week.

After arriving at his apartment in Manhattan on Monday evening, they exchanged small talk and drank wine. I didn’t get to choose and I prefer red, but it was white wine. Then Ansari walked her to Grand Banks, an Oyster bar onboard a historic wooden schooner on the Hudson River just a few blocks away. She said it was a beautiful, warm September night.

They discussed NYU, comedy and a new, secret project he was working on, but she says she did most of the talking. Grace says she sensed Ansari was eager for them to leave. She recalls there was still wine in her glass and more left in the bottle he ordered. Like, he got the check and then it was bada-boom, bada-bing, we’re out of there. Grace took this photo of their meal, lobster rolls and a side salad. How about you hop up and take a seat? Within moments, he was kissing her.

In a second, his hand was on my breast. Then he was undressing her, then he undressed himself. She remembers feeling uncomfortable at how quickly things escalated. When Ansari told her he was going to grab a condom within minutes of their first kiss, Grace voiced her hesitation explicitly.

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