Gos­sip Girl star ‘also raped me’

Se­cond ac­cuser goes pub­lic with al­le­ga­tions against Ed West­wick

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY TOM BRYANT Head of Showbiz tom.bryant@mir­ror.co.uk

A SE­COND woman has come for­ward to ac­cuse British ac­tor Ed West­wick of rape.

Aurélie Wynn claimed the star of US TV drama se­ries Gos­sip Girl and BBC com­edy White Gold at­tacked her in 2014 in Los An­ge­les, say­ing she was “pow­er­less” to stop him.

The al­le­ga­tion was made a day after ac­tress Kristina Co­hen claimed he raped her, also in LA in 2014. West­wick, 30, has de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

There have been ques­tions raised about why he was not im­me­di­ately sus­pended by the BBC after the first ac­cu­sa­tion be­came known.

The Cor­po­ra­tion started shoot­ing the se­cond se­ries of

White Gold at the end of

Oc­to­ber and it was be­lieved that West­wick was still in his role yes­ter­day morn­ing – after the se­cond rape al­le­ga­tion came to light.

Last night the BBC had not re­vealed if he has been sus­pended or not.

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Ge­orge Ri­ley was sus­pended by the broad­caster after com­plaints of sex­ual ha­rass­ment were made against him. In a Face­book post Aurélie, an ac­tress at the time West­wick al­legedly at­tacked her, said: “Like Kristina, 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. I am also very tiny.”

West­wick said last night: “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 co-op­er­at­ing with the au­thor­i­ties so that they can clear my name as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Kristina, 27, has lodged her com­plaint with the Los An­ge­les po­lice de­part­ment.

CLAIM Aurélie al­leges she was raped in 2014 by BBC star West­wick, left

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