Ed Westwick deletes posts on social media amid allegations by four different women of sexual assault
Actor Ed Westwick appears to have removed all denials of sexual assault allegations made against him. According to US Weekly, the Gossip Girl actor has removed a series posts which were uploaded back in November, as he tries to clear his name and move on with his career.
Westwick was accused of rape by Kristina Cohen and Aurelie Wynn, while Rachel Eck and Haley Freedman have also accused the 30-year-old of sexual assault.
A law enforcement source told US Weekly: "It has come to the attention of investigators that Mr. Westwick has removed denials about alleged rapes of the victims in this investigation from his social media accounts that he had posted last November."
According to the publication, Westwick has hired a high-profile lawyer in order to battle the claims and it's believed that they may have advised him to delete the posts as it is their policy to avoid using social media while the spotlight is on their clients.
It was recently announced by the Los Angeles District Attorney that Westwick's case was "under review."
The first allegation came back in November, with Kristina Cohen posting a lengthy Facebook post in which she alleged that the incident had happened at Ed's house three years ago.
In the post, Kristina said that she wanted to leave the house when "Ed suggested 'we should all f**k.'" After heading up to the guest room to lay down and get out of the awkward situation, the actress claims that she "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 f**k me.
"I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move.
"He held me down and raped me."
Ed denied the claims in an Instagram post, which read: "I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape."
Shortly after Cohen's claim, a second actress, Aurélie Wynne came forward, making a similar claim on a Facebook post in which she said that the actor had "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."
Again, the actor denied all allegations, saying: "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 ever conclude that 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."
A third woman, Rachel Eck, then accused Ed of sexual assault, saying that the actor had aggressively groped her breasts during his visit in Los Angeles.
Then, in March, stylist Haley Freedman alleged that she had been held hostage by Westwick for 48 hours. According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Freedman claims that the actor had turned violent and aggressive after she refused to strangle him during intercourse. She claims that she remained in his home for two days because she was "out of it" and says that the 30-year-old engaged in non-consensual sex with her and caused bleeding and bruising as a result.
The removal of the denials suggests that something is going on behind the scenes. But, given the amount, and the severity, of the allegations, it would a surprise to see Westwick on our screens anytime soon.