When actress Kristina Cohen came forward and alleged Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick raped her at his home three years ago, the actor known best for his role as Chuck Bass immediately released a statement. “I told him to stop, but he was strong,” Cohen wrote on her Facebook. “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 paralysed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me. It was a nightmare.”
“I do not know this woman,” Westwick said. “I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”
Now, a second woman has spoken out alleging Westwick did the same thing to her. “Like Kristina, I said no and he pushed my face down and [I] was powerless under his weight,” says former actress Aurelie Marie Cao. “I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock, I am also very tiny.”
Cao was dating Glee star Mark Salling at the time (yes, he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography some years later). When she told him, he allegedly dumped her. Cao says her friends also told her it was in her best interest to remain quiet as she may come off looking like she was chasing fame.
Westwick shot back straight away via a statement on his social media. “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 I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” he wrote. “I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”
More to come.