Jessica Szohr seems to be siding with former co-star Ed Westwick instead of the multiple women who have accused him of rape.
Szohr, who played Vanessa Abrams on “Gossip Girl,” questioned whether the alleged victims are telling the truth.
“I don’t even really know how to answer it, if I should, because I don’t want anything to get twisted, because I have known Ed for years and know how lovely he is, and don’t think he would ever put someone in a position like that,” she told Cosmopolitan.
“It’s difficult, because you don’t want someone you know to go through that or do that to someone, or knowing them well, knowing that you don’t think they would, and you don’t want, for the girls that are coming forward, it’s like, are they stretching the truth?”
Three women have accused Westwick of sexual assault.
Rachel Eck told BuzzFeed that Westwick tried to kiss and grope her at a villa at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood in March 2014, the night before the Academy Awards.
Kristina Cohen claimed that he first tried to digitally penetrate her, then raped her after she resisted.
“I fought him off as hard as I could but he grabbed my face in his hands, shaking me, telling me he wanted to f–k me. I was paralyzed. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me,” she wrote on Facebook.
Aurélie Wynn, who went by Aurelie Marie Cao when she was acting, claimed that Westwick raped her in July 2014.
Westwick is currently under investigation by LAPD and BBC has pulled his show “Ordeal By Innocence” off the schedule.
He denied the accusations previously.
“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” he said in a statement.
“I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”