Rachel Zegler Has Cryptic Response To ‘West Side Story’ Co-Actor’s Sexual Assault Accusations
Last week, in a series of tweets a woman accused West Side Story actor Ansel Elgort of sexual assault. Over the weekend, he spoke out against the allegations to defend himself.
Last week, Twitter user @Itsgabby accused Baby Driver actor of sexually assaulting her in 2014.
In her claims, the user explained that the incident occurred she was 17 years old and he was 20. Her statement, which has since been deleted from the platform along with her Twitter account, @Itsgabby claimed that the two had exchanged Snapchat messages, and a few days after her 17th birthday, had a non-consensual sexual interaction.
“So when it happened instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time and I was sobbing in pain and I didn’t want to do it the only words that came out of his mouth were ‘we need to break you in,” the woman claimed.
The user went on to describe how the assault has led to her suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and panic attacks for which she has sought therapy.
In response to the claims, Elgort asserted that the events were “simply not what happened.”
“Gabby and I had a brief, legal, and entirely consensual relationship,” he wrote, adding that he had poorly handled breaking things off with her by ignoring her messages. “As I look back at my attitude, I am disgusted and deeply ashamed of the way I acted.”
In response to his reply, while many supported Elgort, a trove of men and women underlined that Gabby had only been seventeen at the time of their “brief” relationship.
“This is not an apology. He’s pretending to be the victim and saying shes mad that he ghosted her. Do not make excuses for him. I don’t care if u find him attractive or not he is a pedophile and a rapist and he belongs in jail!” one Twitter user wrote in a comment on Twitter.
In response to the claims, co-stars who had worked with Elgort have not spoken out on his behalf.
However, his West Side Story co-star Rachel Zegler has liked tweets about believing survivors of sexual assault. She has also liked a number of tweets that asserted she was not required to speak on Elgort’s behalf.
“I am feeling a little lost tonight and I am feeling a little disappointed,” she wrote in a tweet they day Gabby came forward with her claim. “I know some of you are, too. that’s the world right now— but it’s necessary. I love you. loving you is the easiest thing for me to do. goodnight.”