Ashleigh Banfield Escalates Feud With Reporter of Aziz Ansari Story

Ashleigh Banfield

The 'Crime & Justice' host read a critical letter on air from Babe.net writer Katie Way.

On Wednesday, HLN's Ashleigh Banfield escalated her war of words with Babe.net reporter Katie Way, who wrote about one anonymous woman's allegations of sexual misconduct by actor Aziz Ansari.

On her show Crime & Justice, Banfield shared a letter that she says Way sent to a show producer who asked Way to appear on the program after Banfield slammed Way's story on Monday, when she claimed it had "chipped away" at the #MeToo movement.

"I want to share this because I think this gives us an insight into the caliber of the person who held that nuclear weapon that was wielded on Ansari's career. The caliber of this 22-year-old woman," Banfield said of the letter.

Banfield then read an excerpt: "Ashleigh, someone who I'm certain no one under the age of 45 has ever heard of … I hope the 500 retweets on a single news writeup made that burgundy lipstick, bad highlights, second-wave feminist has-been really relevant for a little while."

Banfield said that the reason she shared the letter is because "this is not the way we have this conversation as women or men, we don't attack — as journalists, let's be frank — we do not attack people for their age or their highlights or lipstick, because it is the most hypocritical thing a woman who says she supports the women's movement could do." Banfield also mentioned in passing that she was brown-haired for a while when she was a war correspondent "interviewing Yasser Arafat and in Afghanistan and Iraq and on the West Bank. Google those places."

Watch the full segment, and read the letter, below.

To see how the feud all began, watch the video below.

Jan. 17, 2:29 p.m. Updated with full letter.

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