A second actress has just accused Ed Westwick of rape
Ever since the allegations of Harvey Weinstein's abusive behaviour got into the press, more and more Hollywood personalities have been exposed as instigators of inappropriate behaviour, sexual harassment, and even rape.
On November 6th, actress Kristina Cohen used her Facebook page to post a detailed account of an incident that happened three years ago. "I was sexually assaulted," she wrote. "It was a dark time in my life." She goes on to say how the traumatic incident has affected her, before revealing the rapist to be Gossip Girl star, Ed Westwick.
Westwick's immediate response was to deny all culpability, and claim that he doesn't even know who Cohen is.
Now, however, a second woman has come forward to say that she, too, was a victim of the 30-year-old actor's unwanted advances.
Aurélie Wynn, an actress who went by the stage name Aurelie Marie Cao, also took to Facebook in order to give her account of her encounter with Westwick.
"In July 2014, I went through a very similar ordeal with Ed Westwick," Wynn writes. She explains that Westwick made advances towards her but, "like Kristina, I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight."
She goes on to say:
"I was wearing a one piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock, I am also very tiny. When it was over I got my cellphone and found that the girl that had invited me had left or got kicked out ...
"I told the guy I was seeing that I got raped, Mark Salling, and when he found out by who he pretended not to know him, then blamed me for it and broke it off with me.
"My other friends and people around me told me it was best not to say anything, to not be "that girl" and that no one would believe me and think I was just out trying to get my 10 seconds of fame."
Westwick has yet to respond to these further allegations, but the original claims made against him by Cohen are now being investigated by the LAPD. Though there is obviously no physical evidence of the attack anymore, two people - the actress' sister and a friend - have corroborated her account, and say they were informed about the incident shortly after it took place in 2014.
Along with Kevin Spacey, Charlie Sheen, and Mariah Carey, Westwick is just one more Hollywood personality to have been accused of abusing his power. While some people have criticised the victims of these assaults for leaving it so long before speaking up about what happened, others have praised them for having the courage to finally tell the truth, despite all the backlash and negativity they have received for it.
"I am so incredibly thankful all of this is finally coming to light and that there is justice in the world," writes Wynn in the conclusion of her statement.
"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."
The actor has been contacted by various sources for a public comment on the matter, but has yet to respond.