Ed Westwick responds to second rape accusation by another woman
Another woman has come forward accusing Gossip Girl star, Ed Westwick of sexual assault following claims made by actress Kristina Cohen earlier this week. Aurélie Wynn - also a former actress - recounted a night she had spent with Westwick and friends in a lengthy Facebook post, where Westwick allegedly forced himself on top of her.
Wynn detailed that she was invited to Westwick's house by a girlfriend who was dating the Gossip Girl star's roommate, a cast member from Glee, at the time. The group hung out until 5am, before retreating to separate bedrooms to get some sleep. "I went through a very similar ordeal with Ed Westwick," Wynn writes. "... [L]ike Kristina, I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight."
Similar to Cohen's account, Wynn apparently confided in her boyfriend and friends for advice following the incident, but was advised not to take any action so as not to be "that girl." The post is accompanied by a screenshot of two news stories: a Huffington Post article about Glee actor Mark Salling, and one about Westwick's rape allegations from Kristina Cohen.
Westwick has responded to the second accusation, again posting to his Twitter and Instagram accounts. The post reads: "It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could every conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct. I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible."
The so called Harvey Weinstein effect has snowballed beyond what many people thought possible, showing the very real reality of sexual misconduct (particularly for women) throughout all walks of life. With more and more women speaking out comes a safer, more inclusive place for other previously silenced women to do the same. The accusations against Westwick come hand in hand with allegations from five women accusing comedian Louis CK of sexual misconduct, as reported in the New York Times.
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