Actress Says 'Gossip Girl' Star Ed Westwick Raped Her
Former Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick is the latest Hollywood personality being publicly accused of sexual assault. Actress Kristina Cohen says in a Facebook post that Westwick allegedly raped her three years ago when she and a producer she once dated were visiting Westwick's house.
Cohen says she and Westwick had never met when she visited his house with her producer friend. She was uncomfortable early on with remarks Westwick made, but the producer didn't want to make him feel awkward.
Cohen then grew tired and ended up napping in Westwick's guest bedroom, where she "was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body."
Cohen says she felt "paralyzed, terrified."
"The producer put the blame on me, telling me I was an active participant," she wrote in her post. "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.'"
You can read Cohen's full account below:
Like others who have come forward about sexual assault and harassment since the first allegations about Harvey Weinstein, Cohen drew courage from the strength of others and from the #MeToo hashtag to tell her story.
"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."
Westwick is slated to appear in the BBC's Ordeal By Innocence, an upcoming miniseries based on the novel by Agatha Christie. BBC shared a promotional image of Westwick and his costars on Tuesday, about 10 hours after Cohen first posted her story.