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Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr on “shocking” Ed Westwick rape allegations

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Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr has shared her feelings on former partner Ed Westwick’s recent sexual assault allegations. 

Actress Jessica Szohr has spoken out about the multiple sexual assault allegations made against Ed Westwick, saying she “found it shocking”.

Szohr, who starred alongside Westwick in hit TV show Gossip Girl from 2007 to 2012, and was in a relationship with him from 2008 to 2010, has said she hopes the allegations made against him by three women are “untrue”.

“[I] wasn’t there, for either side, so I can’t say it did or didn’t happen. But I know him well and I’ve known him for years, and I found it shocking,” Szohr told Cosmopolitan.

“And I hope that it’s untrue, but I also feel bad for anyone that’s been in that situation, for the women that have to deal with that, for the situations that are true.”

She added: “I don’t know those girls at all, and they could be lovely and awesome and all that. From the Ed I know and working with him for five years and having a friendship through all of that and after, it was shocking. It was shocking.”

The pair dated for two years, from 2008 to 2010, while starring in Gossip Girl.

Ed has been accused of rape by two women, Kristina Cohen and Aurelie Wynn, and sexual assault by a third, Rachel Eck. Cohen alleges that she woke up to Westwick sexually assaulting her at his house. Wynn came forward shortly afterwards to say her “personal incident” occurred a few weeks after Cohen’s. Westwick responded to the claims on Instagram, saying they were “unverified and provably untrue”.

Eck then came forward claiming Westwick sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2014. Westwick denies all allegations made against him.

Having spoken to Westwick since the sexual allegations broke, Szohr explained that it was “difficult”, given she knows him well but cannot state that the women accusing him are lying.

“He’s being accused of something that he’s publicly saying he didn’t do. So it’s, you know, tough on him […] He’s like, ‘The truth will come out and hopefully people see that and hopefully that’s it.’ It’s just such an unfortunate thing all around. And I have to be so careful, because it’s not my situation and I don’t – I wasn’t there. So it’s hard to speak on behalf of those girls or him.”

Having described the allegations as “a touchy, tough thing” and saying she did not know whether the women could be “stretching the truth”, Szohr said of her conflict over the situation: “If you’re asking me ‘Do I think he would do that to someone?’ No, I don’t. But was I there? No.”

Westwick took to social media to deny the claims, saying: “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.”

In light of the allegations, the BBC announced that a miniseries starring Westwick, Ordeal By Innocence, would not air “until these matters are resolved.” 

Read the full interview here.

Images: Rex Features

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