Monday, April 22, 2024

“West Side Story” Star Ansel Elgort Refutes Accusation That He Raped 17 Year Old: “I have never and would never assault anyone”


Ansel Elgort, star of the upcoming movie revival of “West Side Story” has taken to Instagram to refute an accusation of rape. A Twitter poster named “Gabby” alleged on Friday that Elgort had raped her when he was 20 and she was 17, six years ago. She recounted her story and added little evidence except a photo of the two together and some texts. Twitter blew up with #MeToo and “Cancel” proclamations.

Now Elgort says they had a consensual relationship, that he handled the end of it badly. “I have never and would never assault anyone,” he writes.

Will it end here? We’ll wait and see.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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