The Harvey Weinstein sex scandal in Hollywood that began in October has encouraged other women to be brave enough to share their story about experiencing sexual abuse. Following the fallout of Weinstein, "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey also faced multiple sexual assault allegations.
Spacey, much like Weinstein, had to deal with consequences within his career and possible legal matters. At the beginning of November, another television actor was accused of rape and may end up in a similar situation—Ed Westwick, best known for his starring role as “Chuck Bass” on the hit series “Gossip Girl.”
Other than working alongside Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and Chace Crawford in "Gossip Girl," Westwick has also starred in "Wicked City," "J. Edgar," and the new comedy series, "White Gold."
Initially, actress Kristina Cohen accused Westwick of raping her three years ago, forcing the Los Angeles Police Department to open an investigation on Westwick. The “Gossip Girl” actor denied this allegation.
Days after Cohen’s claim, another woman came forward, also accusing Westwick of rape in 2014. Aurélie Wynn, who was once pursuing an acting career, shared her version of the story on social media, which was very similar to Cohen’s story.
According to Wynn, she stayed the night at Westwick’s home with a friend and woke up to him forcing himself on her. He reportedly ripped off her bathing suit and made sexual advances even though she said “no”—she felt “powerless” because of his strength.
Westwick responded to the second accusation on Twitter, insisting that it is entirely untrue. He also assured that he is cooperating with authorities so his name can be cleared.
New information regarding the investigation has not been released. This article will be updated accordingly if the LAPD confirms or denies these accusations.
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