Aziz Ansari Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegation | Aziz Ansari

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"'And you had the whole thing come out a year ago - sexual misconduct?' No, no, no, no, no, no, that's Hasan!"

Ansari kept a low profile for most of past year before announcing in November that he'd launch a 30-plus city comedy tour in spring 2019.

But during his "pop-up show" in NYC Monday night, the comedian finally addressed it head-on, per a report from Vulture. As Vulture reports, the set began with some of Ansari's latest material before he started talking about being back in NY.

It started with a bit about being mistaken for Hasan Minhaj and having to correct the person.

"Oh, no, Aziz, right?'" Ansari recalled. "'Yeah, yeah, that's me". 'Master of None!' Yeah, yeah, that's me. Parks and Rec!' 'Yeah, yeah, that's me. 'Treat yourself!' Yeah, yeah, that's me.

"'Oh, no, Aziz, right?' 'Yeah, yeah, that's me.' 'Master of None!' 'Yeah, yeah, that's me.' 'Parks and Rec!' 'Yeah, yeah, that's me.' 'Treat yourself!' 'Yeah, yeah, that's me.' 'And you had the whole thing come out a year ago - sexual misconduct?' 'No, no, no, no, no, no, that's Hasan!'" "'No, no, no, no, no, no, that's Hasan!'" he joked. He began by explaining why he has said so little about the whole controversy in the previous year.

According to Vulture, he also said it's a "terrifying thing to talk about".

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"There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt awful this person felt this way", the 35-year-old comedian reportedly told the audience.

Ansari says he has thought a lot about the issue in the past year and hopes "I've become a better person".

Ansari added that, while it was personally hard for him, he could see how the ordeal had had a positive effect on the dating world in general.

Ansari then brought up a conversation he said he had with a friend about enthusiastic consent and the current cultural climate, which the friend said had made him rethink his behavior towards women while on dates.

"I think it also just gave me perspective on my life", he said during Monday's set, adding he was scared he would never be able to do stand-up again. "And just be more thoughtful and aware and willing to go that extra mile, and make sure someone else is comfortable in that moment, that's a good thing". After a meal, she said they returned to his apartment, where she alleged that Ansari behaved coercively and that several sexual acts occurred though she was "physically giving off cues that [she] wasn't interested".

"Everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned", he said in the January 2018 statement.

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