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Ansel Elgort Responds to Sexual Assault Claims: ‘Simply Not What Happened’

Ansel Elgort Responds to Sexual Assault Claims: ‘Simply Not What Happened’

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Ansel Elgort, the star of Baby Driver and The Fault In Our Stars, has denied allegations that he had sexually assaulted a teenager when he was 20.

The actor, now 26, was accused of rape by a Twitter user who identified herself as Gabby and posted a photo of herself with Elgort with her face obscured.

In a tweet posted over the weekend, she said she had messaged the actor two days before she turned 17 and received his private Snapchat account in return.

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Ansel Elgort attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

She said that when they later met, Elgort raped her. She did not make clear when and where the incident took place.

She wrote: “I wasn’t there in that moment mentally. I disassociated myself and just felt like my mind was gone.”

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She added that he had asked for nude pictures of her.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK РAPRIL 30: Ansel Elgort attends NRDC’s “Night of Comedy” Benefit, in partnership with Discovery, Inc. hosted by Seth Meyers on April 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for NRDC)

Other women have also accused Elgort of expressing sexual interest in them on social media when they were underage, such as by sending them unsolicited lewd pictures.

In response, Elgort denies the assault but admits to having a “brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship” in an Instagram post on Sunday (June 21, 2020).

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Ansel Elgort in the press room during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

He wrote: “I cannot claim to understand Gabby’s feelings but her description of events is simply not what happened. I have never and would never assault anyone. What is true is that in New York in 2014, when I was 20, Gabby and I had a brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship.”

“Unfortunately, I did not handle the break-up well. I stopped responding to her, which is an immature and cruel thing to do to someone.”

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Ansel Elgort during Airbnb’s New York City Experiences Launch Event on September 26, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City City.

“This belated apology does not absolve me of my unacceptable behavior when I disappeared.”

He went on to say, “As I look back at my attitude, I am disgusted and ashamed of the way I acted. I am truly sorry. I know I must continue to reflect, learn and work to grow in empathy.”

Elgort, who is currently in a relationship with dancer Violetta Komyshan, did not address allegations made by other women.

He is expected to appear in a lead role in the musical film West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg, slated for release later this year.


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