Back in November, 31-year-old Ed Westwick was publicly accused of rape, causing many people to look at Gossip Girl and ask “Of all the things you knew, did you know about this?“. An actress named Kristina Cohen accused Ed of sexually assaulting her at his home in 2014. The LAPD began investigating, and Ed continued to deny he was guilty of anything. Eight months later, TMZ says the case is closed in Ed’s favor.
The LAPD ended up investigating sexual assault allegations from three women. The names of the women aren’t publicly known, so it’s unclear if one was Kristina Cohen or if these were three totally different women. Regardless, three women had accused Ed Westwick of three different alleged sexual assaults at different times in 2014. Two of the victims were able to identify potential witnesses, but those witnesses weren’t able to provide sufficient evidence. As for the third victim, police spoke to her once, but were unable to contact her for a follow-up interview. Since the police didn’t have enough evidence and weren’t able to get a hold of the third accuser, no charges could be made.
Police received complaints from “additional” accusers, but their allegations took place outside of the statute of limitations, and therefore could not be prosecuted.
Ed’s lawyer released the following statement regarding the outcome of the LAPD’s investigation:
“The evidence was clear from the start that each of the allegations made by these three women were absolutely untrue. It is a shame there are those who prejudged this case and that it took over 8 months for Ed to be officially cleared of all of these charges. I hope that those who made such quick judgment here not knowing anything about the abundant evidence of innocence in this case will hesitate next time before they so publicly accuse someone who has committed no wrongdoing.”
So there you have it: Ed Westwick, no longer under investigation for sexual assault. Now he can go back to living a life in which the only thing he’s officially guilty of is being that dude who just can’t shake the douchey stink of Chuck Bass. If his lawyer can slip up something as simple as cleared vs. charged, I wonder how many times that same lawyer called him Charles.