Ed Westwick, an actor who rose to prominence on the popular show Gossip Girl, went on the defensive Tuesday after actress Kristina Cohen accused him of having raped her three years ago. Westwick, who played Chuck Bass on the hit CW series and is currently starring on BBC’s White Gold, posted a message on Twitter, saying, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.” Still, the LAPD confirmed on Tuesday that detectives are investigating the allegations, BuzzFeed news reported.
Westwick, 30, was responding to a Facebook post from a day earlier by actress Kristina Cohen. In her post, Cohen alleged that Westwick raped her three years ago when she visited his home along with an unidentified person she referred to only as “the producer.” Cohen, 27, said that the month since the initial Weinstein allegations surfaced has been difficult for her and that the wave of stories women have been sharing has been “both triggering and emotionally exhausting.” She’s grappled with whether or not to share her story, she writes in the post. “I’ve gone back and forth over and over again, unsure if I should speak up. If I could speak.”
She then detailed her accusations, saying that she’d been brought to Westwick’s home with “the producer,” whom she’d been dating at the time. Immediately, Cohen said, Westwick made things uncomfortable by declaring that “we should all fuck.” After she bristled at the unexpected suggestion, she said she lied down on a bed in a guest room while “the producer” tried to smooth things over with Westwick.
She writes that she fell asleep and then “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.”
Cohen, who has appeared in smaller roles in a number of TV series and movies, goes on to say that after the incident she told the producer about the incident and got a harsh response. “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.” Cohen is the latest famous woman to come forward with rape or other sexual misconduct claims since the Weinstein accusations surfaced early last month, and one of many who aren’t famous that have been sharing their stories as part of the #MeToo campaign. An LAPD spokesperson said on Tuesday that Cohen had filed a police report and that an active investigation is under way. Read her full post below.
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