Words: Leanne Hall | Subbed: Michael Ward
Gossip Girl star, Ed Westwick has been accused of raping fellow actor, Kristina Cohen. The allegations surfaced today when Cohen penned a post of Facebook about the alleged incident.
In the statement, Cohen claims “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 paralysed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me.”
Following the accusations, Ed Westwick sent out a message publicly denying the claims.
— Ed Westwick (@EdWestwick) November 7, 2017
People on Twitter have rushed to call out Ed Westwick due to the allegations, even his old colleagues.
leighton meester unfollowed ed westwick. a queen pic.twitter.com/YAfSr0asHH
— felicite (@fizfizzfizx) November 7, 2017
Appalled to see so many women refusing to believe the allegations against Ed Westwick because of his looks. REALLY? pic.twitter.com/UOAWfhieqf
— Amy 🌵 (@whatamydid) November 7, 2017
So Ed Westwick wasn’t “acting” as Chuck Bass after all. He really is an abusive asshole.
— Arushi Tandon (@arushiwrites) November 7, 2017
we can't even destroy ed westwick's career because he doesn't have one
— luisa (@aubeyplaza) November 7, 2017
Others have rushed to his defence, saying there is no evidence and that he publicly stated he doesn’t know her (Cohen).
‘Can’t believe Ed westwick did that’ can I just say just because someone has been accused of rape does not mean they actually did it.
— Lydia (@lydiap847) November 7, 2017
Can everyone stop tweeting about ed westwick being a rapist, he’s been accused that’s it. That’s all it is, an accusation.
— beth (@bethanyeleanor_) November 7, 2017
There's literally no proof ed westwick raped someone apart from a piece of text. Unfair to call him a rapist
— #WelcomeSam (@EFChamps) November 7, 2017
If Ed Westwick is guilty then I have lost all respect for him. But it needs be proven before everyone calls him a rapist & ruins his career.
— Kathryn Major (@kathryn_major) November 7, 2017
The actor has been in the firing line for similar reasons before when Gossip Girl decided to normalise rape culture in the forms of his character, Chuck Bass. During the first season Chuck Bass attempts to rape two girls, and continually sexually harasses women during all six seasons. An unfortunate foreshadowing if the accusations do turn out to have substance.
Star of hit show that normalized rape has been accused of rape. It's almost like we have a huge culture problem herehttps://t.co/IKvdbg9lPb
— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) November 7, 2017
Finishing off Cohen’s public statement she writes: “I hope that my stories and the stories of others help to reset and realign the toxic environments and power imbalances that have created these monsters.”
Ed Westwick’s representatives have not yet released a public statement.