Last year, actress Kristina Cohen shared her #MeToo story, and accused Ed Westwick of rape.
Then another woman came forward. And then another. And then another. Each story about Westwick was horrifying.
The fourth woman to accuse him, Haley Freedman, has taken the next step and filed a police report.
Haley Freedman was the fourth to come forward about Ed Westwick.
Us Weekly reports that they can confirm that Freedman has now filed a report with police.
A statement that they received from a representative for Freedman states:
“I can confirm Haley filed a police report on Wednesday, regarding allegations that Ed Westwick raped her.”
The statement goes on to describe the next step in her quest for justice.
“She will be meeting with the district attorney next week.”
Kristina Cohen accused Ed Westwick of rape.
In addition to reporting it to police, Cohen bravely came forward with her story of napping in his guest room during a social visit … only to wake up with him on top of her.
Aurelee Wynn is a former actress. She was a friend of a girl who was dating Westwick’s roommate at the time, and she was invited over.
Though she included fewer graphic details than Cohen did, Wynn’s accusation against Ed Westwick involved him allegedly holding her down and tearing the one-piece that she was wearing in order to assault her.
And then there’s the story of former executive assistant Rachel Eck, who accused the Gossip Girl actor of assaulting her before the 2014 Academy Awards.
She says that he was pawing at her and trying to kiss her whenever her ex boyfriend left the room at a social gathering, and that he ignored her efforts to brush him off.
Eck says that he later lured her away in an effort to apologize to her, which is when he allegedly forced her onto the bed and violently groped her.
Fortunately, Eck says that she was eventually able to shove him off and leave.
Haley Freedman is a former stylist who accuses Westwick of making her his sex slave by refusing to allow her to leave.
She says that what began as consensual sex escalated when he asked her to treat him violently, because she refused.
When she declined to choke and spit on him, he allegedly became violent with her, giving her that treatment.
Though she says that she wanted to escape, she says that he detained her, delaying her departure so that he could continue to use her for sex.
It’s a horrifying, stomach-churching accusation.
And, again, this is the fourth woman to accuse Westwick of the unforgivable.
However, a source close to Freedman revealed to Us Weekly that, in her quest for justice, she went to the police “prepared with evidence including personal medication information from her doctors to back up her claims against Ed Westwick.”
We can only speculate as to what form that evidence might take, but sexual assault cases often lack physical evidence — which is why so many rapists avoid convictions or even prosecutions.
For those who hope to see Westwick answer for these allegations, this is good news.
“The police report will remain confidential since there is private medical information that Haley handed over.”
The source continues, saying:
“Haley plans on meeting with prosecutors next week and is fully cooperating with authorities.”
Ed Westwick has posted now-deleted denials about these alleged incidents of rape and sexual assault, saying things like:
“I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”
He has since deleted this message from social media.
The reason for that deletion is almost certainly on advice from his attorney, Blair Berk.
(This isn’t a traffic violation, folks, so let’s not make any Chuck and Blair jokes, please)
Attorneys rarely want their clients making any statements on social media.