Every Man In Hollywood Who's Been Fired Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

HLN host says comedian deserves a "bad case of blue balls, not a Hollywood blackball," and Twitter predictably goes nuts.

HLN host Ashleigh Banfield is being met with applause and cries of victim-blaming, after she ripped Aziz Ansari's sexual misconduct accuser on her nightly talk show.

On Monday night, Banfield delivered a scathing message to the woman known as "Grace," who made anonymous claims against the actor in an article on Babe.net. By her account, the 23-year-old photographer repeatedly turned down Ansari's advances for sexual intercourse while hooking up in his apartment. She characterized the evening as "a violating night and a painful one," though he later denied any wrongdoing.

"I'm sorry that you had a bad date. I have had a few myself. They stink," the "Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield" host said. "But let's take a moment to reflect on what you claim was the 'worst night of your life.' Your date got overly amorous. After protesting his moves, you did not get up and leave right away. You continued to engage in the sexual encounter. By your own clear description, this was not a rape, nor was it a sexual assault."

"By your description, your sexual encounter was unpleasant. It did not send you to the police, it did not affect your workplace, or your ability to get a job. So I have to ask you, what exactly was your beef?" she continued. "That you had a bad date with Aziz Ansari? Is that what victimized you to the point of seeking a public conviction and a career-ending sentence against him? Is that truly what you thought he deserved for your night out?"

"What you have done, in my opinion, is appalling," Banfield said. "You went to the press with a story of a bad date and you have potentially destroyed this man’s career over it, right after he received an award for which he was worthy. And now here is where I am going to claim victim. You have chiseled away at a movement that I, along with all of my sisters in the workplace, have been dreaming of for decades, a movement that has finally changed an oversexed professional environment that I, too, have struggled through at times over the last 30 years in broadcasting."

After describing the importance of the #MeToo movement, something she says the accusers words have "chiseled away" at with her "public accusation." Banfield also called the account "reckless and hollow."

"The only sentence that a guy like that deserves is a bad case of blue balls, not a Hollywood blackball," she said in conclusion.

Twitter was pretty divided in its reaction to her words, with stars like Arsenio Hall and Thora Birch praising Banfield for her message as others ripped her apart for "victim blaming." See a sampling from both sides below.

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