Ed Westwick accused of sexually assaulting a third woman, Rachel Eck, in 2014

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Last night, I was reading the news and gossip and I idly thought, “I wonder if anyone else has come forward with a new accusation about Ed Westwick? It’s been a few days since the second woman came forward.” And wouldn’t you know, just minutes before I wondered that, Buzzfeed had published an account from a third woman who claims that Ed Westwick sexually assaulted her in 2014, at a “private” party the night before the Academy Awards. You can read the full Buzzfeed article here.

On the night before the Academy Awards in 2014, Rachel Eck received a text message from her ex-boyfriend asking her to meet at a party inside a swanky Hollywood hotel. Eck, a 23-year-old executive assistant at the time, had just moved to Los Angeles and was excited by the idea she might get back together with her ex, Australian film producer Kaine Harling. Instead, it would be the last time they would see each other.

“On the way, he told me he was with his friend Ed Westwick,” Eck told BuzzFeed News, recalling that at the time she didn’t really know “who that was.”

When she arrived around 2:30 a.m. at the multi-bedroom villa at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, she was surprised to find there was no party after all — just Harling and Westwick, a British actor best known for his role as Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl. Westwick “asked me to invite a friend to hang out with the three of us,” she said, but it was late and her friends were asleep. “When I didn’t bring a girl for him he turned his sights on me.”

Eck said she was sexually assaulted by Westwick that night — the same year that two other women, Kristina Cohen and Aurélie Wynn, were allegedly raped by the actor. A representative for Westwick did not have a comment on the new allegation. Westwick, 30, has denied both of the previous allegations, saying on Twitter that they are “two unverified and provably untrue social media claims.”

Eck said Westwick would “try to kiss me or kind of push me up against the wall,” whenever Harling would leave the two of them alone — an act Eck said happened a few times that night over a seven-hour period. Eck said she “pushed off” Westwick each time, and told him that she was dating Harling. As the night wore on, she said, “it got worse and he got more handsy.” Eck said she told Harling about Westwick’s unwanted advances, but Harling dismissed her objections. Westwick “didn’t mean it,” Harling allegedly told her.

Eck said she threatened to leave the hotel, but she liked Harling and he convinced her to stay. Finally, she told Harling she “was definitely leaving,” but then he said Westwick wanted to apologize. She followed Harling into the villa’s bedroom where Westwick was. “Ed then pulled me onto the bed and aggressively groped me,” she said, referring to her breasts. “I shoved him off as quickly as I could and left.”

Eck, who is now a creative producer, said at the time she felt like what happened “just seemed to be accepted,” but when other women recently came forward with similar stories she realized that she wasn’t alone. “I have never felt so uncomfortable in a situation like that in my entire life,” Eck said.

[From Buzzfeed]

Buzzfeed also spoke to three of Eck’s friends, all of whom say that Eck told them what Westwick did to her. I believe Rachel Eck, just as I believe Kristina Cohen and Aurélie Wynn. I find the pattern completely disturbing too – both Kristina and Rachel say that they had boyfriends/significant others who were PRESENT around the time of the assault/rape but did not witness the assaults directly. Both of the boyfriends refused to believe their girlfriends when the women were like “Yo, your friend Ed Westwick is a sexual assailant, bro.” It also feels like something was going on with Westwick specifically in 2014, as all three of these sexual assaults and rapes took place in that year. This is so creepy and awful.

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  1. Leo says:

    Kaine Harling? As in the guy who brought Kristina Cohen to Westwick’s house for dinner when she was raped? And no one in the media thinks this is weird? Isn’t it clear by now that he was complicit?

    • happyoften says:

      At the very least, he should be asked a lot of questions. Rapists are bad enough, now they have sidekicks? What could he possibly gain from this? Is it like an apprenticeship or something?

      I don’t understand the world anymore.

      • elimaeby says:

        When I was raped in college, my rapist’s friends found him a condom and blocked the door to my dorm so none of my friends would “interrupt” while the assault was happening. Collusion is a huge factor in our rape culture. I feel for all these ladies, being fed to this abuser.

      • happyoften says:

        I am so sorry. That’s just… I can’t imagine that kind of planned depravity. I am so very sorry you had to experience it. And angry.

        I suppose that is part of it, making the victims feel utterly alone, hopeless, without any recourse. Because if your boyfriend won’t gin up the energy to care, why would anyone else. But still…

        F*cking rape elves.

      • Ibelievethesewomen says:

        First time posting here. I just wanted to give you a virtual hug for what you went through.

      • Merritt says:

        It is sadly too common. The Vanderbilt rape case is another example.

      • Anastasia says:

        They’ve always had sidekicks.

      • Shannon says:

        My rapist had a sidekick :( it was his job to occupy my friend.

        It took my years to realize how well thought out it was and crushes me to think that I wasn’t the only one they did it to based on how well orchestrated it was.

        Nothing surprises me anymore really. I’m just glad that this is getting so much attention and people are believing the women more. I never told anyone because I knew no one would believe me. That was 9 years ago.

    • gobo says:

      Strong whiff of procurer coming from him at this point.

    • Squiggisbig says:

      That jumped out to me as well. Thought it was odd that it wasn’t mentioned in the article that it was the same guy.

      • Ib says:

        Exact same thought, here. Why why why did the article not call out the producer as the same guy? I want to see him being cancelled too. DISGUSTING.

    • Kaiser says:

      I didn’t even put that together. That’s some f–ked up sh-t.

    • emma33 says:

      Omg…that was the same guy?! So, his role was luring his girlfriends to Westwick’s house to be assaulted? Wtf. Who does that??!!

      I would like to see what strongly-worded categorical denial Westwick comes out with this time. What a creep.

    • Sherry says:

      That was one of the first things to jump out at me as well. He’s obviously a part of this sick scheme to sexually assault women.

    • Milla says:

      This just got even more twisted. Kristina is working with him on some movie…
      So he’s gonna get away with whatever his agenda was.

    • Kitten says:

      Holy shit I didn’t realize it was the SAME dude. So basically, he was procuring victims for Westwick.

      JFC this is sinister AF.

      • magnoliarose says:

        Now someone needs to investigate this guy, and I am sure there are more victims connected to him. He is a criminal and needs to be charged as well. What a disgusting slimebag.

      • lucy2 says:

        Yeah this is planned out. These two guys were working together to rape and assault women. They both needs to be prosecuted, NOW.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “Sinister” is the perfect word. I really hope that there is legal action taken in these cases. This is so very, very wrong.

        I am afraid to know how many other women this may have happened to. Did Kaine Harling work with any other predators?

    • Coop says:

      Good eye. This Australian dude is definitely in on it.
      Damn it. It’s within our feminine instincts to COMMENCE THE WITCHHUNT for predators like this so is this enough proof yet??

    • PPP says:

      Celebitchy should do a post on enablers like him and Dave Becky. We need to focus the spotlight on them just as hard as on the harassers, because they are the lynchpins of this system. One predator ruins many lives. One enabler allows many predators to ruin many lives. They exponentialize the damage. There’s a good argument to be made that they are worse or at least as bad as the predators.

    • KBB says:

      Somebody changed Kaine Harling’s Wikipedia page to describe him as an “award winning rapist enabler.”

      It goes on to say “He is the common denominator in Ed Westwick’s assault on Kristina Cohen and Rachel Eck. In both instances, he brought the women, his girlfriends at the time, to Ed Westwick’s residence, downplayed his predatory behavior, and put the women in a position where they were raped or assaulted. It is not clear whether his actions were intentional or naive..”

  2. Ariel says:

    Seems to be the same boyfriend/ ex-boyfriend in the two instances. “Producer” Kaine Harling.
    I believe Ms. Eck.
    I believe Ms. Cohen.
    I believe Ms. Wynn.

  3. happyoften says:

    Seems to me like Kaine Harling, boyfriend of the first victim as well as the ex in this account, was in on it. A pattern of behavior for the two of them…

    Words don’t cover it.

  4. ell says:

    his producer buddy was actively complicit, that much is obvious now. awful.

  5. Mari says:

    Kaine Harling? But that’s the same guy who brought Kristina Cohen to Ed’s place. Kristina was the first woman, who accused Ed. Harling dated also her at the time of the alleged rape. Coincidence? The police should check in both of them…

  6. KP says:

    Yes, as others have noted here, Kaine Harling was also the “producer boyfriend” in Cohen’s story! Who is this dude?!

    • K. T. says:

      I’ve said this many times before, we need to look at research into perpetrators and the communities they exist in…or are enabled by….about and around rape and sexual assault.
      So now we have: Kaine Harling, producer and good friend of alleged serial rapist Ed Westwick, who brought two of his ex/girlfriends to Eds home and seemingly did not let them easily leave and then after they said they’d been sexually assaulted and then encouraged them not to report. Plus, then theres Glee actor Mark Spalling (who was convicted procuring of child pornography) , was the OTHER Ed Westwick friend who brought his ‘sleepy’ actor girlfriend to Ed’s home who then said she was raped.
      Three women who say they were raped/assaulted in similar pattern situations – like serial rape situation with multiple members and it’s appalling.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I don’t believe in coincidences like this. The perverts tend to travel in nasty clusters. Hopefully, the FBI is involved in this.

      • Sophia's Side eye says:

        Yep, to me this shows conspiracy. These incidents didn’t just happen. I hope that makes a difference in the crime and the friend, Harling, is hauled in as well as Westwick. How was this not conspiracy to commit rape?

    • K.T says:

      @magnoliarose & @sophiaside – college rape studies are still at the early stages but some have shown correlation in perpetrator behaviour. 25-30+ % of male college respondents say they are likely to commit rape if they believe it was free of consequences. A majority or rape/sexual assaulters will admit to rape on surveys as long as it is not classified as rape. Meaning ‘sex’ under coercion, intoxication, physical force or intimidation…
      Also, some studies have shown perpetrators may be more likely to have more frequent sexual activity than the average male; be more likely to be seen by their peers as an ‘leader’ or an ‘alpha’-type within another set of gendered social groups, as in certain types of fraternities or sports groups. Predatory behaviour may be admired, copied or even encouraged in these types of overly male dominated subgroups. I’m badly paraphrasing but I can provide links to studies etc.
      Anyway I could go on, but reading down thread there is ANOTHER account from an instagram post of two possible further incidents where Ed Westwick is comfortable with boundary pushing sexual activity with other women. He fondled one woman while she was asleep in his hotel room after a party. She says her other friend had a similar story also, though both relate that Ed stopped when they said no. She said it’s clear that no one should grope a sleeping or unconscious person.
      Patterns of his behaviour seem very suspicious and I doubt that these are isolated incidents…operandi? The arguments that because Westwick is highly sexually active, famous, conventionally attractive, popular/praised and enabled by his close male peers are actually not really a defense…now, after being accused of assault and boundary crossing behaviour, they may even be a giant red signal.

  7. Harling was no boyfriend, he was a procurer and just as much an animal as Westwick. And then to manipulate and put the blame on the women? How disgusting and awful.

  8. msd says:

    So, serial rapist and assaulter then? With a creepy, enabling wing man. Hope he goes down for good.

    I wonder if anyone on Gossip Girl – cast or crew – has bad stories about him. I hope they come forward in support, privately or publicly, if they do.

    • ell says:

      GG fan here, and there were rumours about him back then being deep into drugs and disrespectful to women in general.

  9. Katherine says:

    I thank her for sharing

  10. Crowdhood says:

    His character was pretty wild on that show. I wonder if he got too caught up in his play acting and forgot that he wasn’t actually Chuck Bass. Not defending him, just an observation. Rape and assault are awful no matter how you approach it however having a system of procurement makes the entire thing feel worse somehow

  11. serena says:

    Is he also going to come out of this unscatered (except publicily)? I’m disgusted by him and all his complicit friends who did nothing to help the girls.

    • Mia4s says:

      Who knows if he will be convicted of anything, but unscathed? No. BBC has already pulled airings of his two upcoming projects. They are terrified of these scandals after the Jimmy Saville disaster. Small comfort but he is already taking professional hits. Plus it will limit future hirings for any big stuff. Star Wars, Marvel, DC, etc., they don’t hire people with multiple rape allegations against them. Again, small comfort, but it’s a start.

  12. Betsy says:

    So gross.

    I wish peache and healing for the women.

    And a life spent in prison for the rapist and his accomplice.

  13. Jo says:

    Well I’m glad we’ve all convicted him from our keyboards.

    The ‘I believe you’ trend is a dangerous one. But I guess it’s catchier than ‘I will take your allegations seriously and investigate them thoroughly. How else can I support you?’

    • Funny Ed Westwick garners all your ‘innocent until proven guilty’ support. Tell me, you stomping for Weinstein and Spacey as well?

    • ell says:

      you do realise us regular folks who are neither police, nor lawyers or judges, cannot investigate a single thing? i’m tired of this argument being thrown around. there’s a difference between the people who are responsible for investigations and decide accordingly (keeping in mind that these crimes are VERY RARELY charged anyway), and the judgement on the moral standing of these men who are accused, from a personal perspective.

    • happyoften says:

      Yes. Believing women is a dangerous business.

      And as far as convictions go, I understand he’s still currently free as a bird, enjoying his life. Getting engaged! Mazel Tov! So, if convicting him is our goal, we’re doing it wrong.

    • Kitten says:

      Oh now it’s “dangerous” to believe women? Please elaborate on this utterly ridiculous statement.

    • Kate says:

      Jo, why not both? We, the public, offer these women public support. The police investigate the allegations. And don’t worry too much for Chuck Bass over there, rape is the easiest crime to get away with. He’s more likely to win an Oswar than being convicted of anything.

    • magnoliarose says:

      How is it dangerous? Because we are killing a myth and changing status quo about rape?
      If you choose this thinking, then you must believe this about every single case that has come to light since each claim is based on the word of a victim revealing the name of her abuser. Either you believe women, or you don’t.

    • detritus says:

      true. it is very dangerous to rapists when we believe the survivors.

    • Anastasia says:

      I’m not going to stop believing women. I’ve been there, I know what it’s like, unfortunately. TOO MANY WOMEN DO.

    • lascivious chicken says:

      $100 says Jo is this Kaine creep

    • KBB says:

      This is such a dumb argument. He hasn’t been convicted because he’s not in jail. Three women with strikingly similar stories is enough for me to not want to watch his shows. That’s not a conviction, it’s a decision I’ve made as a consumer.

  14. HK9 says:

    Wait-let me guess, he doesn’t her right?

  15. Sadie Marie says:

    Yeah not surprising he’s like his GG character since I haven’t seen him play anyone else. He must not have that much acting range. Could barely manage an American accent on the show.

    Now I wonder if they knew he was the perfect creep when they cast him.

  16. DiligentDiva says:

    Obvious that this guy is supplying his friend with women to r@pe. Gross, Hollywood is ever grosser then I imaged. I’m so happy others are coming forward.
    The girlfriend is still defending him, it’s so tragic. Hope she wakes up and realizes her man is a r@pist and she needs to pack her bags and leave him.

  17. thaisajs says:

    I’m not sure I get the timeline here. She got there at 2:30 a.m. and said that she had to fight him off for the next 7 hours? Wouldn’t they get tired and fall asleep before then?

  18. Anastasia says:

    I believe her. And I DON’T want there to be more victims of this guy, but if there are, I hope they come out with their stories, too.

    I think about the four guys who sexually assaulted me (or tried to) in high school and college and I start to wonder just how many other girls/women they did that to, too. I literally never thought about it when I was younger. I just blamed myself, as society (men) taught me to do.

  19. LooseSeal says:

    Huh. I wonder where all the people who thought his posts “seemed legit” are today?

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      One just appeared above. You’re getting distracted :-) (hugs)

    • Originaltessa says:

      After the first allegation that he flat out denied, I was someone that wanted to hear his side, give him a chance to defend himself… But, eff that crap now. He’s clearly a serial rapist and molester, and I’m actually really angry with myself for ever giving him even the benefit of telling his side. He clearly doesn’t have one. It’s been over a week, and radio silence. It’s hard to break a lifetime belief in due process, but I think for victims of rape and abuse, I can do that, because like has been mentioned so many times, and I have always agreed with, there likely won’t be any real justice for these women, so the support of the public is all they can really hope for.

  20. EIlasor says:

    Instagram user regintaoterra has come forward with another account:

    “reginaoterra In light of the #metoo movement and the backlash against the women who have accused @edwestwick of rape, I feel obliged to say something of my own experience with Ed.
    9 years ago I was drinking with him and his friends in his Soho hotel room. I fell to sleep fully clothed on top of the covers at the bottom of the bed. Everyone else continued chatting and drinking, dancing etc . Hours later I was woken by hearing one of his friends stood beside me saying ‘I’ll put her in a taxi’, Ed responded ‘no she’s staying here with me’. (Which wasn’t very chivalrous). On hearing that exchange I fell back to sleep – because I was intoxicated and tired. When it was just Ed (awake) and I (sleeping) he was touching me (which is assault). When I woke I told him I didn’t want to sleep with him, and he never raped me. I never worried about it after that.
    Being wiser now – I realise my own standards for what is okay behaviour towards me was warped because I tolerated such conduct and worse over the years.
    My reason for this post now is simply this – to offer verification that Ed does wrongfully think it is acceptable to come on to someone when they are unconscious.
    There is another friend of mine to whom he did the same to – came on to her when she was sleeping – however, it is that person’s own choice if they also wish to verify that this is his ‘tactic’. Again, she too turned him down and he respected that.
    I am not an actress, I don’t want any money, I don’t want anything. Truly sorry if he has raped these girls – for all concerned. But unfortunately the whole being asleep when he came on to them is now appearing to be a pattern of his. That aspect of their story rings true/is believable.

    I also want to illustrate that people attacking these girls with ‘they’re lying because he wouldn’t ever rape because he’s Ed Westwick and he wouldn’t ever need to’ is clearly not true. Believe it or not, people do turn him down. (IMO Schools ought to show the ‘Tea Consent’ video annually in assembly to all students). #edwestwick @kristina.cohen #gossipgirl @lovelyrellie #kristinacohen #aureliewynn”

  21. Sg says:

    This makes me feel sick. Both Westwick and Harling need to be brought to court for this. They’re disgusting misogynists who have tricked, raped, and gaslighted these women. If the Vandeberg of the Vanderbilt rape case can go to jail for his part in the rape then so too can Harling. I so hope there are legal repercussions for this.

    I’m so proud that the survivors have been able to lead productive lives and that they are able to speak about their experiences. I hope that they are as recovered as one can be.

  22. Nicole Savannah, GA says:

    I have never told anyone my assailants’ names. They all live here and my fiance, father, and brother would murder them. I hate myself everyday for not coming forward. I am so sorry to every female in this world. I could have stood up.
    To add, my father didn’t believe me for a good 2 years. That was excruciating. Sorry. Y’all are my councillors sometimes.

    • LooseSeal says:

      It’s not your fault what they did to you. It’s not your fault if they do it to someone else. You are not responsible for their actions. You are brave as hell for getting up in the morning and facing a world that does nothing to support you. There are a lot of us out there in this club and we know. We understand. And we’re silently screaming right along with you. Your only job is to survive. I’m sending you all my love and strength from th frozen north!

      • Nicole Savannah, GA says:

        Thank you. Your name made me stop crying. Ah, Buster. Hey brother!
        I have at least survived 15 years!

      • LooseSeal says:

        Hahaha I love it when people get my screen name! And I’m at 12 years surviving! Once you get through that first decade it becomes liveable. 😂 so you don’t 😭

      • Nicole Savannah, GA says:

        Well, a milestone. My fifteen year anniversary. I’ll take that. It’s gone. People say don’t be a victim. Don’t let it define you. Saying is so much easier. I’ll go one day at a time with y’all all around me. I feel it. I know it sounds silly.

    • Sg says:

      Please don’t hate yourself. Their actions are not on your shoulders and it’s not your responsibility to stop them. That’s all on them. They did what they did to you through no fault of your own. You have to take care of your self and do what’s best for you, and more often than not going to the police (or public naming of any kind) is detrimental to the survivor more so than the abuser. Try to absolve yourself of any kind of responsibility in this situation and just do what you can to get better, whatever that looks like for you. *internet hugs*

      • Nicole Savannah, GA says:

        Honestly, this site has helped so much in the last 2 years. The words you ladies give me help more than any therapist ever did or does.

    • lucy2 says:

      You do what you need to do to survive and carry on.

      Someday, if that includes naming them, we’re here for you. If it never does, we’re here for you.

      • Nicole Savannah, GA says:

        Thank you. I know it’s just the internet, but y’all a kinship for me and you’re all wonderful and unique and so eloquent. Your stories here break a piece of me and repair. May they all have their Big Little Lies moment.

    • K.T says:

      @nicole *internet-hug* even coming here online is an act of bravery. Thank you for your story. You are not their actions.
      And you may even be helping others by your strength in participating with these worldwide issues and speaking when you can. Stand strong and thank you.

  23. Fleurucci says:

    RIP womanizer he might have ruined gossip girl for me.

  24. JRenee says:

    So was this guy pretending to date tge women just to set them up for rape? Wth!
    Complicit as hell!
    I’m guessing, there are more victims who brushed it aside because complicit Kaine told them they misunderstood his intentions.
    Pos!!!

  25. Justwastingtime says:

    Scary. Didn’t Cosby have a buddy that helped him drug women? And does anyone really think it’s just three woman at this point?

  26. heather says:

    “Something was going on in 2014″? Yeah, Westwick was raping people. Rape is not a phase. He probably didn’t grow out of it.