Ed Westwick is back on the Hollywood scene after being cleared of sexual assault. The Gossip Girls star couldn't contain his excitement while arriving to dinner at West Hollywood hotspot Craig's Restaurant on August 17.
Westwick, 31, wore a navy blue and black suit for the night out. This is the first time the actor has been spotted since the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office cleared him of sexual assault.
Four women in total accused the actor of sexual assault. First alleged victim Kristina Cohen claimed Westwick raped her in his apartment. "I was sexually assaulted three years ago," she alleged on Facebook. "It was a dark time in my life. Even now, I grapple with feelings of guilt. Unfounded worry that in some way I was to blame. I don't know where these feelings come from. Social conditioning that everything is always the woman's fault? That a man's inability to keep himself off of our bodies is somehow because of us, not him?"
Then Aurelie Wynn, a former actress, accused him of attacking her in 2014. "I said no and he pushed my face down and was powerless under his weight," she claimed of the incident that allegedly took place at a party. "I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock, I am also very tiny. When it was over I got my cell phone and found that the girl that had invited me had left or got kicked out."
The third alleged victim, Rachel Eck, claimed to Buzzfeed that he "aggressively groped" her breasts inside a hotel room in 2014.
The fourth accuser, Haley Freedman, claimed in April, "I was raped by Ed Westwick — and I wouldn't wish what happened to me on anyone else. Someone has to hold him responsible for what he did to me!" She accused him of repeatedly sexually assaulting her and holding her prisoner in his home for two days.
Westwick has maintained his innocent through it all. In July, the L.A. District Attorney revealed he will not be charged because of "insufficient evidence." According to documents obtained by Radar, the D.A. was unable to confirm witness accounts during the alleged assaults.
They were also unable to get a hold of the third victim. "The investigating officer tried numerous times, but was unsuccessful in contacting Victim 3 for a follow-up investigation and a pre-filing interview," the filing read. "Prosecution is declined on this incident due to unavailability of victim."
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