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A third woman has accused Ed Westwick of sexual assault

Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images
Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

A third woman has accused Ed Westwick of sexual assault.

Creative producer Rachel Eck told BuzzFeed that she was assaulted in 2014, the same year two other women say the Gossip Girl actor raped them. Her ex-boyfriend, Kaine Harling, had invited her to hang out at a swanky hotel, and she went, hoping to get back together with him. On the way, though, he texted to say that he was bringing Westwick along. It’s worth noting that Harling, a producer, is also the man who introduced Westwick’s first accuser, Kristina Cohen, to the actor.

Once Eck arrived at the hotel, around 2:30 a.m., she realized things weren’t kosher. Westwick had asked Eck to bring a friend for him, but wasn’t able to, as all her friends were asleep. Once Westwick realized that, she says “he turned his sights on” her.

Eck told BuzzFeed it went down like this:

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 started telling her friends and co-workers about the incident in 2015, but said she didn’t feel comfortable coming forward publically until recently, when other women came forward with similar tales.

A spokesman for Westwick told BuzzFeed he had no comment in regards to the new allegations. Westwick previously denied the other two rape allegations, saying they were “unverified and provably untrue social media claims.” The L.A.P.D. says it’s investigating all charges.


Marah Eakin is the Executive Producer of all A.V. Club Video And Podcasts. She is also a Cleveland native and heiress to the country's largest collection of antique and unique bedpans and urinals.

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