"It’s not a crime, but it’s not cool. And it can still really mess with a woman."
Amy Schumer has responded after fellow comedian and close friend Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct.
The comedian responded on Katie Couric’s Wonder Women podcast, after a photographer claimed that Ansari had “taken advantage” of her after the pair went on a date in New York last year.
“If you have a doctor that makes you uncomfortable, or you get a massage, or you have a date with someone and they coerce you in a situation like the Aziz [Ansari] one, I don’t think there’s any sort of criminal charge, but I think that it’s good for everybody to learn that that behaviour’s not acceptable,’ Schumer said.
“It’s not a crime, but it’s not cool. And it can still really mess with a woman.”
The claims were initially made by a woman known only as Grace, who alleged that Ansari moved her hand on his penis several times.
Ansari subsequently responded and claimed that the sexual activity was “completely consensual”.
Schumer added: “I don’t think anyone wants to see Aziz’s career ruined or his life ruined or anything like that, but that’s where people’s minds go.
“They go ‘Does he deserve this?’ And it’s really not about that. I think it’s about expressing and showing women that that behaviour is not okay and not only can you leave, but you need to leave. Because then the women who come after you, you’re leaving a mark for them too.”
Describing her friendship with Ansari, she added: “He’s been my friend and I really feel for the woman. I identify with all the women in these situations. Even if it’s my friend, I don’t go, ‘Oh, but he’s a good guy.’ I think, ‘What would it feel like to have been her?'”