Comedian Aziz Ansari's sexual misconduct scandal has given him a "new perspective on life".
The Master of None star has been laying low since January, 2018, when an anonymous New York-based photographer accused him of coercing her into performing sex acts following an early 2017 date, which resulted in the couple going back to the actor's place.
At the time, Ansari addressed the claims, explaining he and the woman in question had engaged "in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual," and revealed he had "responded privately" to the female to discuss the incident.
Ansari returned to the stage for the first time following the allegations in May (18) and on Monday (11Feb19) he once again addressed the allegations against him, insisting he has become a "better person" since facing them.
"There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way," he said at his comedy show in New York City. "But you know, after a year, how I feel about it is, I hope it was a step forward. It made me think about a lot, and I hope I've become a better person."
"If that has made not just me but other guys think about this, 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," he continued. "And I think it also just gave me perspective on my life."
He also revealed he feared he would not be able to return to his career after the accusations.
"There was a moment where I was scared that I'd never be able to do this again," he said.