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Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick accused of rape by a second woman

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Days after Kristina Cohen accused Ed Westwick of rape, a second woman has come forward to allege that the Gossip Girl star sexually assaulted her.

In a graphic post shared on Facebook, Aurélie Wynn says she had been invited to the actor’s rented home by a friend in July 2014, where she partied with a group of people until the early hours of the morning. She fell asleep alone in one of the house’s many rooms, but says she woke up to find the actor assaulting her.

“And like Kristina, I said no and he pushed me face down and [I] was powerless under his weight,” writes Wynn.

“I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock, I am also very tiny.”

Westwick has called the claims “provably untrue”.

Wynn goes on to reveal that she was dating Glee actor Mark Salling at the time of the alleged assault (which would have taken place before Salling was arrested for possessing child pornography).

“I told the guy I was seeing that I got raped, Mark Salling, and when he found out by who he pretended not to know him, then blamed me for it and broke it off with me,” says Wynn.

“My other friends and people around me told me it was best not to say anything, to not be ‘that girl’ and that no one would believe me and think I was just out trying to get my 10 seconds of fame.”

Wynn ends her Facebook post with a message to 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.#metoo” 

Westwick has since defended himself from the claims via a post on social media, writing: “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.

“I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”

The actor’s 5 million Instagram followers have been blocked from commenting on the photo, just as they were unable to comment on his last post, which was his statement after Cohen’s original post.

“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.”

The current claims against Westwick are two of many that have surfaced in the film and TV industry against several big names following reports of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged decades of sexual abuse and harassment of women, which were first published last month.

Cohen’s allegations are currently being investigated by the LAPD: they have yet to confirm whether or not they will be looking into Wynn’s claims as well.

Images: Rex Features

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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