Another Woman Is Bringing New Allegations Against Ed Westwick
Updated Nov. 15, 2017, 8:35 a.m. PT: A third woman is now coming forward with allegations that Ed Westwick sexually assaulted her in 2014.
Rachel Eck, a creative director, spoke to BuzzFeed about a disturbing encounter she had with Westwick three years ago. Eck recounted how she was invited by her then-boyfriend, film producer Kaine Harling, to hang out with him and Westwick at a Hollywood hotel. According to Eck, Westwick was expecting to be set up with a female friend of hers at Harling's request. When that didn't happen, Westwick reportedly targeted Eck.
"[He would] try to kiss me or kind of push me up against the wall," she recounted. Apparently, when she tried to leave, things got worse. "Ed then pulled me onto the bed and aggressively groped me. I shoved him off as quickly as I could and left. I have never felt so uncomfortable in a situation like that in my entire life," she concluded.
Westwick has yet to publicly comment on these latest allegations and is currently being investigated by the LAPD for the initial rape allegations made against him by actor Kristina Cohen.
Updated Nov. 9, 2017, 11:05 a.m. PT: As police continue their investigation into actor Kristina Cohen's allegations that Ed Westwick raped her, another woman has come forward alleging she was also raped by the Gossip Girl star.
Aurélie Wynn, who goes by Aurelie Marie Cao on her acting résumé, posted her story to Facebook, saying Westwick invited her to hang out with him, his roommate and another woman. Wynn says everyone decided to sleep there after they hung out until 5 a.m. because "there are plenty of bedrooms."
"And like Kristina, I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight. I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock, I am also very tiny," Wynn wrote. "When it was over I got my cellphone and found that the girl that had invited me had left or got kicked out. I had terrible service in the estate without access to the wifi and had to get another friend to get me an Uber out of there while Ed was passed out."
Wynn also claims she told Glee star Mark Salling, whom she was dating at the time, about the alleged rape, but that he blamed her and broke things off, and she struggled to get acting jobs after that.
"I am so incredibly thankful all of this is finally coming to light and that there is justice in the world," she wrote. "I believe you Kristina Cohen and thank you for speaking up so eloquently and really encompassing what young female actresses have to go through at the hands of men like Ed Westwick. Without you I would not have had the strength to speak up publicly about my ordeal."
Westwick has denied Cohen's allegations, saying he has never met her. He has not publicly commented on these new allegations.
Updated Nov. 8, 2017, 12:30 p.m. PT: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating claims that Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick raped actor Kristina Cohen after she made the shocking allegation via a Facebook post and then filed a police report.
The Hollywood Reporter claims to have reviewed a copy of the police report, which they say states police are investigating Cohen's allegation that the "suspect forced victim to have sexual intercourse inside his residence ... three years ago."
Westwick has denied the accusation, but several people have corroborated Cohen's account, saying she told them about the alleged rape three years ago when she alleges it happened.
Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick is at the center of shocking allegations made by another actor, Kristina Cohen. Late Monday, Cohen posted a lengthy Facebook testimony, graphically claiming that Westwick raped her while she and her then-boyfriend, an unnamed producer who was friends with Westwick, were at Westwick's home for a small gathering. Westwick responded within hours of the post going public.
Cohen wrote on her personal Facebook page late Monday evening in full detail the alleged events that occurred three years ago involving herself and Westwick. Cohen credits the recent spate of testimonies from high-profile women and men wherein they detail their own alleged assault as the reason she has felt so comfortable to come forward now and speak.
She writes that she and her boyfriend at the time were at Westwick's house one evening for dinner when, seemingly out of nowhere, Westwick suggested that they should all have sex. Cohen then writes, "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."
Cohen continues to detail what happened after she went to lie down in one of the bedrooms in Westwick's home. "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."
Her allegations are horrifying, to say the least, and she says her then-boyfriend blamed her for allowing the alleged rape to occur because he couldn't see how she didn't willingly participate in the act. That instinct to victim-blame, it would appear, had led to Cohen's silence — until now.
In the aftermath of the post, Westwick issued a firm denial of the allegations on his Instagram. "I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on a woman. I certainly have never committed rape," he wrote.