On Monday, actress Kristina Cohen accused Ed Westwick of raping her at his home three years ago. Ed responded with a denial posted to Instagram, claiming he didn’t know Kristina and would never do such a thing. I’m sure Ed was hoping that tapping three sentences into the notes app on his phone would make the whole situation go away, but it hasn’t and the police are involved.
Kristina Cohen filed a police report on Tuesday with the LAPD at their Hollywood Division. Deadline obtained a copy of the report, and say two witnesses have also come forward to support Kristina’s rape claim. Actor Blaise Godbe Lipman (aka Alex the hot male model from Weeds) is a longtime friend of Kristina and tells Deadline that she told him about the alleged incident with Ed a few days after Valentine’s Day in 2014. Blaise says Kristina left her car at his house before she went to Ed’s home that evening. She came to retrieve her car the next morning, and told him “everything.” Blaise claims Kristina was in a state of shock, and believes “without a doubt” it was a rape.
Last month Blaise came forward with his own story of being served alcohol and assaulted at 17 by now-former APA agent Tyler Grasham. Blaise tells Deadline that Kristina was a “huge support” for him when he decided to talk publicly about his assault.
Kristina’s sister Katalina Colgate tells Deadline that it was difficult for her sister to talk about the alleged rape. Shortly after it happened, she told Katalina and their third sister what happened. Katalina says she was “furious” after hearing her sister’s story.
In Kristina’s original allegation, she claims she was introduced to Ed that night by a producer she was dating. Both Blaise and Kristina told Deadline it was Australian producer Kaine Harling. Blaise echos Kristina’s original statement, saying that Kaine told her to keep quiet about the incident because Ed had money and resources to fight her accusations, and no one would believe her.
Kristina tells Deadline she’s speaking out in hopes to “deliver a message of restoration for all the women going through this.”
Ed Westwick hasn’t said anything else regarding this situation. His original denial is still up on Instagram and Twitter.
Regardless of what the LAPD finds in their investigation, this is bound to put a damper on any future Gossip Girl reunions. Between the news that Chuck Bass is an alleged rapist and that Puck from Glee is an alleged pedophile, we’re starting to run out of young adult TV shows from the late 2000s that won’t make you cringe if you watch a re-run. I guess there’s the reboot of 90210. It’s still going to make you cringe, but that’s only because of the bad acting and corny storylines.