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Vinoo Varghese’s Reflections on NY Times Op-Ed: “Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader.”

January 29, 2018

The writer of this op-ed, Bari Weiss, highlights a critical problem with the #metoo movement: “the insidious attempt by some women to criminalize awkward, gross and entitled sex takes women back to the days of smelling salts and fainting couches.” Boom. As a criminal defense attorney, I see a bigger problem with the attempt by some women like Aziz’s accuser to criminalize that which isn’t—the loss of the presumption of innocence. The presumption of innocence is a nice concept in theory, but not for those ACCUSED of a sexual assault. Then it’s you’re guilty and you should just die. In nearly 20 years of practice, I have seen too many innocent men suffer tremendous damage to their reputation, livelihood, and sanity by false accusations. And, as in this “case” against Aziz, I have seen too many accusers who have embraced the blame culture for their buyer’s remorse instead of holding themselves personally responsible for poor choices. I thought America was the land of the free, but not when you have a bad date. Here’s the link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/opinion/aziz-ansari-babe-sexual-harassment.html

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