Actress Kristina Cohen has accused Gossip Girl large name Ed Westwick of raping her three years within the past, as detailed in a submit published to Fb on Monday, and the actor answered Tuesday on Instagram.
“I was once briefly dating a producer who was once friends with the actor Ed Westwick,” Cohen, 27, wrote. “It was once this producer who introduced me up to Ed’s dwelling where I met Ed for the main time. I wished to switch away when Ed urged ‘we should always all f–enough.’ However the producer didn’t are attempting to derive Ed if truth be told feel awkward by leaving. Ed insisted we live for dinner. I stated I was once drained and wished to switch away, trying to derive out of what was once already an unlucky assemble 22 situation. Ed urged I nap within the shopper bedroom. The producer stated we would live for fair real but one more 20 extra minutes to gentle every thing over, after which we could perchance trip away.
“So I went and laid down within the shopper room where I lastly fell asleep, I was once woken up all straight away by Ed on top of me, his fingers getting into my physique,” she continued. “I told him to pause, but he was once solid. I fought him off as laborious as I could perchance but he grabbed my face in his hands, shaking me, telling me he wished to fuck me. I was once insecure, apprehensive. I couldn’t communicate, I could perchance no longer switch. He held me down and raped me. It was once a nightmare, and the days following weren’t any better.”
“I maintain no longer know this woman,” Westwick answered. “I if truth be told possess underneath no cases forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I surely possess underneath no cases committed rape.”
Cohen, who appeared on tv sequence cherish Girls Like Us and Californication, explained how she buried her “worry and guilt” from the assault; her mother was once also demise from most cancers at the time, and he or she “didn’t possess the give a enhance to system or time to direction of and take care of the aftermath of the rape.” However “the outpouring of stories” about sexual harassment and assault within the industry from the previous month possess compelled her to return forward.
Cohen recalled how her producer boyfriend at the time blamed her for the assault, calling her “an brisk participant” and warning that “Ed can possess of us come after [her]” and “homicide” her if she accused Westwick of rape.
“And for the longest time, I believed him,” Cohen wrote. “I didn’t are attempting to be ‘that woman.’”
The actress says she’s “sickened” to possess a study Westwick “revered in this kind of public potential” and that she hopes her coming forward “will abet others to take hold of that they should always no longer on my own, that they should always no longer to blame, and it’s no longer their fault.”
Referring to figures cherish Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, and James Toback — all of whom were accused of sexual harassment and assault within the industry — she concluded, “I am hoping that my stories and the stories of others abet to relaxation and realign the poisonous environments and vitality imbalances that possess created these monsters.”
Representatives for Westwick possess but to acknowledge to EW’s demand for additional comment.