Ed Westwick Is the Latest Industry Male Accused of Rape
Ed Westwick is best known for playing Gossip Girl‘s resident bad-boy, Chuck Bass, a character who attempts to rape two women in the first episode of the hit series. Bass went on to become the romantic hero of the show, and every teen girl’s fantasy. In a horrific case of life imitating art, the actor has now been accused of rape by several women.
Creative producer Rachel Eck told BuzzFeed that back in 2014 (she was 23 at the time), the same year both of Westwick’s previous accusers claim he raped them, her ex-boyfriend Kaine Harling invited her over to a hotel. Excited by the prospect of getting back together with her ex, she went. On her way to the hotel, however, Eck recounted that Harling informed her that his friend, Westwick, was there with him. Harling is also the producer who Westwick’s first accuser, Kristina Cohen, claims brought her to the actor’s home in 2014 the night he allegedly raped her.
Eck alleges that Westwick would “try to kiss me or kind of push me up against the wall” whenever Harling left the room. Each time, Eck says, she pushed the actor off and informed him that she was dating Harling. The producer, however, allegedly rebuffed Eck’s concerns, claiming Westwick “didn’t mean it.” After Eck said she was leaving and Harling allegedly convinced her to stay, Eck says that she followed Harling into a bedroom where they found Westwick, who she said “pulled me onto the bed and aggressively groped me. I shoved him off as quickly as I could and left.”
Westwick’s rep has not responded to a request for comment, but last week the actor denied the first two women’s stories, writing on Twitter “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.”
The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an investigation on November 7, and the BBC has announced that it will not air Westwick’s new miniseries, ‘Ordeal By Innocence’, and has halted production on season 2 of his TV series ‘White Gold’ until these matters are resolved.