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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.”

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‘West Side Story’ Delayed Until Next Year Thanks To The Coronavirus

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‘West Side Story’ Delayed Until Next Year Thanks To The Coronavirus

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Major entertainment companies have given up on the wild idea that movie theaters would reopen in 2020. More and more movies are getting released later as the Covid-19 crisis worsens in the U.S. The highly anticipated “West Side Story” is the latest movie to fall victim to the crisis.

The release of “West Side Story” has officially been pushed to 2021.

Fans have been very excited to see this movie since the cast was announced last year. Who can forget seeing the news that 17-year-old Rachel Zegler got cast after a viral video of her singing “Shallow” in her high school auditorium? It was like a family member winning the big role they always wanted. But, alas, because of Covid, and the federal government’s response, things have to be pushed back.

The cast has played into our fantasies by teasing us with the release of the film.

Like, we have put in the time and waited for this retelling of an American classic. We had a Latina in the role of the lead Latina, unlike in the original, and that was something we were all celebrating.

The same cast members who hyped us up are now trying to help us make it through.

We just need to breathe and relax. This year has really taken a lot away from us but it has also taught us patience and understanding. The world is not ready for us to go to movie theaters again.

Even still, fans are upset that they cannot see the movies they have been waiting for.

A lot of movies have been pushed back. Another Latino-heavy movie that fans have wanted to see for years that is being delayed, yet again, is “In the Heights.” The Lin-Manuel Miranda creation has been in the works for years and we finally had a release date for 2020. Then, well, Covid happened and that was that on that.

Basically, Covid is not making it easy to be a movie buff.

Boo indeed. We just want to enjoy our movies that we have been waiting to see for years. Why can’t we have these nice things? Like, when will we be able to just sit down and watch our favorite things? The world may never know.

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ICE Just Deported A Key Witness in A Sexual Assault Investigation Against Them

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ICE Just Deported A Key Witness in A Sexual Assault Investigation Against Them

According to the Texas Tribune, the key witness in the ongoing sexual assault investigation at an ICE detention center has been deported. She was previously being held at a Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso, Texas.

While the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General initially forbid ICE from deporting her, the office apparently reversed their decision on Monday. According to reports, the office determined that “further interviews could be done over the phone”.

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According to previous reports, the unidentified 35-year-old woman alleged that guards had “forcibly kissed” her and touched her on the private parts.

Documents, which were extensively reported on by ProPublica, described the harassment as a “pattern and practice” at this particular detention center.

The woman also alleges that the guards would attempt to extort sexual favors from her and other detainees when they were returning from the medical unit back to her barrack. One guard allegedly told her that he would help get her released “if she behaved”.

The unnamed woman reported the harrasment to her lawyers who then filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. The DHS then opened an investigation into the ICE Detention Center in El Paso.

The FBI has, since then, interviewed the woman extensively. According to documents, the woman gave investigators a tour of the facility where she showed them where the alleged harassment took place–in what were identified as security camera “blind spots”.

According to her, the guard told her that if she reported him, “No one would believe her”.

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Since the woman made these accusations, at least two other women at the same detention center came forward with similar claims. One of these women has already been deported.

According to previous reports, the unnamed woman accusing ICE officials of sexual assault was being held at the El Paso detention center for a drug-related crime and illegally entering the country. She claims she initially fled Mexico after a cartel member sexually assaulted and threatened her.

While ICE says that they have “zero tolerance for any form of sexual abuse or assault against individuals in the agency’s custody”, the reality is much bleaker.

According to the advocacy group Freedom for Immigrants, ICE has had 14,700 complaints filed against them between 2010 and 2016 alleging sexual and/or physical abuse.

In the most recent statistics available, ICE reported 374 formal accusations of sexual assault in 2018. Forty-eight of those were substantiated by the agency and 29 were still pending an investigation. According to Freedom for Immigrants, only a fraction of these complaints are investigated by the Office of Inspector General.

The woman’s lawyer, Linda Corchado, has not been shy about expressing her displeasure over her client’s deportation.

“[The government] allowed their most powerful witness to be deported,” Corchado said. “How can we possibly take this investigation seriously now or ever pretend that it ever was from the outset?”

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