A third woman has come forward to make disturbing allegations against Ed Westwick of sexual assault.
Rachel Eck, who was a 23-year-old executive assistant at the time of the alleged assault, spoke to Buzzfeed about her ordeal.
It is said to have happened on the night before the Academy Awards in 2014, when Rachel was going to meet her ex-boyfriend and his friend Ed Westwick.
At the time, she didn’t know Ed, but went to a villa in West Hollywood with her ex Kaine Harling and the Gossip Girl actor.
Eck told Buzzfeed:
[Westwick] asked me to invite a friend to hang out with the three of us. When I didn’t bring a girl for him he turned his sights on me.
It was late at night, so none of her friends were available to come to the villa, and that night, Eck said, she was sexually assaulted.
Whenever Harling left the room, Eck said, Westwick would ‘try to kiss me or kind of push me up against the wall’. She said she pushed him off multiple times throughout the night.
This is said to have happened the same year that Kristina Cohen and Aurelie Wynn have alleged the actor raped them.
As Eck threatened to leave the hotel, Harling convinced her to stay and told her Westwick wanted to apologise for his behaviour.
She followed Harling into a bedroom where Westwick was waiting.
Ed then pulled me onto the bed and aggressively groped me. I shoved him off as quickly as I could and left.
She previously felt unable to talk about her experience because it was ‘just accepted’, but after two other allegations made against Westwick, she said she realised she was not alone.
Eck did however tell Maggie Knox, her friend and co-worker, in 2015, and Maggie claims Rachel has told three separate people about these claims.
Two other of her friends, Ally Buzzanga, and a woman named Jennifer who didn’t want her last name to be used, said they’d heard of the allegations before this year.
She told me he was grabbing at her. It was a crazy statement about getting groped by Ed Westwick.
This one of just three allegations made against Westwick in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood.
First was Kristina Cohen, who said she was brought to his house by a producer she was dating and woke up to find the actor on top of her.
It has been claimed Westwick held the actress down and raped her. It was later confirmed the producer she was dating was Kaine Harling, the same man implicated in Eck’s allegations.
After the first accusation of rape, former actor Aurelie Wynn alleged in her own post she was raped by Westwick. She said she was ‘powerless’ under his weight.
An official criminal investigation into the allegations made by Kristina Cohen has begun after she made an official police report.
Westwick has denied the first two allegations, saying they are ‘provably untrue’, however he has yet to respond to the third.
Kaine Harling is yet to make any statement on his involvement in the accusations.