AceShowbiz - %cEd Westwick% became the latest Hollywood star facing sexual assault allegation. The "Gossip Girl" alum was accused of rape and he quickly denied it. "I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape," he wrote on Twitter.
— Ed Westwick (@EdWestwick) November 7, 2017
On Monday, October 6, actress %cKristina Cohen% wrote a lengthy post on Facebook detailing her encounter with Westwick. She said that she met the "White Gold" actor through her producer boyfriend who was friends with him. According to her, the incident happened three years ago.
"It was this producer who brought me up to Ed's house where I met Ed for the first time. I wanted to leave when Ed suggested 'we should all f**k.' But the producer didn't want to make Ed feel awkward by leaving. Ed insisted we stay for dinner. I said I was tired and wanted to leave, trying to get out of what was already an uncomfortable situation. Ed suggested I nap in the guest bedroom. The producer said we would stay for just another 20 more minutes to smooth everything over, and then we could leave."
"So I went and laid down in the guest room where I eventually fell asleep, I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body. I told him to stop, but he was strong. I fought him off as hard as I could but he grabbed my face in his hands, shaking me, telling me he wanted to fuck me. I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn't speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me."
" It was a nightmare, and the days following weren’t any better," she continued. "The producer put the blame on me, telling me I was an active participant. Telling me that I can't say anything because Ed will have people come after me, destroy me, and that I could forget about an acting career. Saying there's no way I can go around saying Ed 'raped' me and that I don't want to be 'that girl.' "
"And for the longest time, I believed him. I didn't want to be 'that girl,' " she added. "I now realize the ways in which these men in power prey on women, and how this tactic is used so frequently in our industry, and surely, in many others." "I'm sickened to see men like Ed respected in such a public way. Interviewed by prestigious platforms such as the Oxford Union Society at Oxford University, where he was honored as one of their 'People who Shape our World.' How does this end? Men like Ed using fame and power to rape and intimidate but then continue through the world collecting accolades."
"I hope my coming forward will help others to know that they are not alone, that they are not to blame, and it is not their fault. Just as the other women and men coming forward have helped me to realize the same. I hope that my stories and the stories of others help to reset and realign the toxic environments and power imbalances that have created these monsters."