‘I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight’
From the editors of People
Words by Karen Mizoguchi
Former actress Aurélie Wynn has accused Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick of raping her, days after he denied allegations of sexual assaulting actress Kristina Cohen.
‘I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape,’ Westwick, 30, wrote on Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday.
Wynn, whose stage name was Aurelie Marie Cao, claimed Westwick sexually assaulted her in July 2014.
‘I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight,’ she wrote in a post shared on Facebook Wednesday.
‘I was wearing a one piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock,’ Wynn wrote of the alleged incident at Westwick’s rental home.
Wynn also said she told her then-boyfriend Glee star Mark Salling — who recently pleaded guilty to child pornography possession — about the alleged incident. However, he blamed her and broke up with her, the actress said in her post.
In addition, Wynn says that when she told her friends, they advised her to not tell anyone as she would be labeled ‘that girl’ or seen as someone ‘trying to get my 10 seconds of fame.’
However, years later, Wynn felt inspired to come forward because of Cohen.
‘I am so incredibly thankful all of this is finally coming to light and that there is justice in the world. 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,’ she concluded her post.
Cohen — who has played minor roles in several movies and TV series — alleged she was raped in 2014 while she was visiting Westwick with her then-boyfriend, who is not named but referred to as a producer who was friends with the actor.
Update: Westwick addressed the claims in an Instagram post on Thursday.
‘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,’ the message concluded.