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‘I was in complete shock.’
Days after actress Kristina Cohen said that former Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick raped her at his home, a second person has come forward with an account of sexually inappropriate behavior from the actor.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Aurélie Wynn (who is known professionally as Aurelie Marie Cao) said that Westwick raped her in July of 2014 at a residence he was renting at the time. She wrote that the actor sent her to his place in an Uber after a mutual friend had invited her. When Wynn arrived, the friend had apparently already left, and that is when Westwick allegedly assaulted her. “Like Kristina,” Wynn wrote. “I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight. I was wearing a one piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock.”
Wynn wrote that when she told her boyfriend at the time, Glee actor Mark Salling, that she was raped, he allegedly blamed her and ended their relationship. Just last month, Salling pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.
Wynn also wrote that she was encouraged by friends to stay quiet since people would think she was “’that girl’… just out trying to get my 10 seconds of fame.”
She credited Cohen and the other women stepping forward with their stories of sexual violence for giving her “the strength to speak up publicly about my ordeal.”
On Wednesday, Westwick posted an Instagram of the same image he tweeted Tuesday after Cohen said he assaulted her:
He wrote, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”
No legal charges against the actor have yet been made, but the LAPD is investigating Cohen’s claims.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.