In the post on November 6, Kristina said that Ed allegedly sexually assaulted her when she went to his house three years ago with her boyfriend. When Kristina fell asleep in a room in Ed’s house after she suggested she take a nap, she said she woke up with his fingers inside of her.
“I was briefly dating a producer who was friends with the actor Ed Westwick. It was this producer who brought me up to Ed’s house where I met Ed for the first time. I wanted to leave when Ed suggested ‘we should all f*ck.’ But the producer didn’t want to make Ed feel awkward by leaving. Ed insisted we stay for dinner. I said I was tired and wanted to leave, trying to get out of what was already an uncomfortable situation. Ed suggested I nap in the guest bedroom,” she wrote. “So I went and laid down in the guest room where I eventually fell asleep, 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. 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*ck me. I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me.”
In a Twitter post on November 7, Ed denied the allegations against him.
“I do not know this woman,” he wrote. “I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”
Kristina described the alleged assault as a “nightmare,” going on to say the unnamed producer blamed her for the assault and told her not to come forward for fear her career would be ruined. Kristina wrote that she still deals with feelings of guilt over the assault, but she said she now realizes what happened wasn’t her fault.
“I now realize the ways in which these men in power prey on women, and how this tactic is used so frequently in our industry, and surely, in many others,” she wrote.
Like the wave of people coming forward with sexual assault allegations in and outside of Hollywood, Kristina said she hopes her story will help others who have gone through the same thing.
“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,” she wrote. “Just as the other women and men coming forward have helped me to realize the same. I hope that my stories and the stories of others help to reset and realign the toxic environments and power imbalances that have created these monsters.”
Teen Vogue has reached out to Ed Westwick’s representatives and Kristina Cohen for comment.
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