LAPD investigating rape allegations against Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick

LAPD investigating rape allegations against Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick

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The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 that it is officially investigating actress Kristina Cohen’s recent rape allegations made against Ed Westwick. According to E! News, Cohen filed a police report at the LAPD’s Hollywood Division at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, which spurred the active investigation.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Cohen took to Facebook on Monday, Nov. 6, accusing the former Gossip Girlstar of raping her in 2014, when she went to the guest bedroom to take a nap in the actor’s home. “I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body. I told him to stop, but he was strong,” she wrote. “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*** me.”

“I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me. It was a nightmare, and the days following weren’t any better,” the Greek actress continued. She added that her producer boyfriend at the time, who had introduced her to Westwick at dinner earlier that evening, blamed her, claiming she was an “active participant.” In her post, Cohen admitted, “I believed him. I didn’t want to be ‘that girl.'”

Westwick, 30, took to Instagram on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to deny Cohen’s claims. “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on a woman,” he wrote in a text image. “I certainly have never committed rape.”

Cohen’s allegations come in the wake of ongoing scandal in the entertainment industry. Since early October 2017, serious accusations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and/or rape have been made against major Hollywood big shots, like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and several others.

“I’m sickened to see men like Ed respected in such a public way,” Cohen wrote, explaining why she is coming forward now. “Men like Ed using fame and power to rape and intimidate but then continue through the world collecting accolades. I hope my coming forward will help others to know that they are not alone, that they are not to blame, and it is not their fault.”