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A Second Woman Has Accused Ed Westwick of Sexual Assault

After actress Kristina Cohen claimed that Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick raped her, another woman has come forward with assault allegations. Former actress Aurélie Wynn, who formerly went by the stage name Aurelie Marie Cao, shared her story on Facebook Wednesday, saying Westwick assaulted her in July 2014.

Wynn claims Westwick got her an Uber to come to his home when he was living with a Glee cast member, who was dating one of her friends. They allegedly all hung out until sunrise and decided to go inside to sleep for a few hours. At this point, Wynn’s story begins to sound very similar to Cohen’s. “And like Kristina, I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight,” Wynn wrote. “I was wearing a one piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock, I am also very tiny.”

Wynn says she tried to tell her boyfriend at the time, Mark Salling, also an actor on Glee. “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. 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 stayed silent until she saw Cohen’s story about Westwick.

Wynn ended her post by thanking Cohen and saying she believes her story. “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 responded to Cohen’s allegations Tuesday via Instagram and Twitter with a note that read, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.” The actor has yet to comment on Wynn’s allegations. 

UPDATE: As of Thursday afternoon, Ed Westwick has responded to Aurélie Wynn’s allegations. In a statement on Twitter, he wrote, “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.”

Abbey is a senior at the University of Wyoming and is currently majoring in Journalism. She couldn't imagine a world without Jesus, coffee, The 1975, Twitter or her family. You'll usually find her at a concert or cafe somewhere, which is where she spends majority of her free-time. Talking to band members after their shows is a hobby, along with thrifting & indulging in all aspects of pop culture. After college, she plans to spend more time at concerts, getting paid to write about music and bands.