Amy Schumer has declared she was “flat-out raped” when she was younger during a discussion about the sexual misconduct scandal sweeping Hollywood.
The Inside Amy Schumer star previously revealed in her 2016 memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo that her first sexual experience at 17 years old was not consensual, but shied away from describing the incident as rape or considering herself a rape victim while publicising the book.
However, she used the term while discussing the sexual misconduct scandal on Katie Couric’s Wonder Woman podcast recently.
“I’ve been flat-out raped,” she said. “But there are so many other kinds of sexual misconduct… We’ve all – every woman I know, every woman in this room – we’ve all had these experiences. And in this current climate, it brings these things up and you go, ‘God, none of that was okay.'”
The 36-year-old was asked about the allegations made against her friend Aziz Ansari by a photographer known as Grace, who claimed he continued to make sexual advances towards her at his apartment after a date even though she was uncomfortable and said no.
Amy referred to it while explaining that women should make no excuses when they experience people who make them feel uneasy.
“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 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 behavior’s not acceptable,” she said. “It’s not a crime, but it’s not cool. And it can still really mess with a woman.”
The Trainwreck star said the majority of people focused on whether the Master of None actor deserved to have his reputation tarnished and whether his career would be ruined, but she insists the focus should be on learning what behavior is acceptable.
“He’s been my friend and I really feel for the woman. I identify with all the women in these situations,” she said. “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?'”
Aziz issued a statement in January (18) saying he thought their behavior was consensual.