LAPD investigating rape claim against 'Gossip Girl' actor Ed Westwick

The Los Angeles Police Department says it is investigating a claim of sexual assault against Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick.

On Tuesday afternoon, actress Kristina Cohen filed a report of sexual assault with the Hollywood police station, LAPD spokesman Drake Madison confirmed to USA TODAY. The news comes after Cohen posted a lengthy Facebook post in which she wrote that that she was forced to have sex with Westwick at his house three years ago.

Cohen wrote that she was taking a nap, and then, "I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body. I told him to stop, but he was strong. I fought him off as hard as I could but he grabbed my face in his hands, shaking me ... I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me."

Westwick responded to Cohen's allegations on Twitter Tuesday: "I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape."

USA TODAY has reached out to Westwick's and Cohen's representatives for comment.

The LAPD says the investigation is ongoing.



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