'Gossip Girl' star Ed Westwick denies rape accusation from actress: 'I do not know this woman'

Wednesday, 08 November 2017, 05:55:03 AM. Multiple outlets wrote about the rape accusation against Ed Westwick, but some temporarily retracted their stories.
Getty Images Actress Kristina Cohen accused actor Ed Westwick of raping her three years ago. Westwick denied the accusation, and said he does not know Cohen. Multiple outlets wrote about the accusation before any comment had been made by Westwick, and IndieWire and BuzzFeed News retracted their stories Tuesday morning, before publishing them again later in the day.  This accusation raises questions about journalistic responsibility in the social-media age.  On Monday, actress Kristina Cohen wrote in a Facebook post that actor Ed Westwick raped her three years ago. Westwick, who gained fame for his role as Chuck Bass on The CW's "Gossip Girl," and currently stars on the BBC series "White Gold," denied Cohen's allegation in a tweet Tuesday. "I do not know this woman," Westwick wrote. "I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape." Cohen's representative told Business Insider she had "no comment at this time" about Westwick's denial. In Cohen's Facebook post, she wrote that Westwick raped her in his home, which she visited with her then-boyfriend. "I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body," Cohen said. "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--- me. I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me." But there's another story within...Read more
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