Ansel Elgort posted a short reply on Saturday to claims that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl.
The 26-year-old Baby Driver star claimed that his relationship was ‘legal and entirely consensual’ in an iPhone notes message shared to his Instagram account.
On Friday, a Twitter user calling herself Gabby claimed the actor sexually assaulted her in 2014 and left her ‘sobbing and in pain,’ though the account was later deleted.
Having his say: Ansel Elgort, 26, denied claims that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl named Gabby in an Instagram statement posted on Saturday; pictured in September 2019
Elgort wasted little time in denying the original claims.
‘I was distressed to see the social media post about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours,’ he began.
‘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,’ he continued.
The West Side Story actor confirmed that he had a relationship with Gabby in 2014 while in New York when he was 20, but he described it as being a ‘brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship.’
The West Side Story actor confirmed that he had a relationship with Gabby in 2014 while in New York when he was 20, but he described it as ‘brief, legal and entirely consensual’
Elgort seemed to paint the sexual assault accusations as the result of a bad breakup, writing, ‘I stopped responding to her, which is an immature and cruel thing to do to someone.
‘I know this belated apology does not absolve me of my unacceptable behavior when I disappeared,’ he continued.
‘As I look back at my attitude, I am disgusted and deeply ashamed of the way I acted. I am truly sorry. I know I must continue to reflect, learn, and work to grow in empathy,’ he concluded.
Different story: Elgort seemed to paint the sexual assault accusations as the result of a bad breakup, writing, ‘I stopped responding to her, which is an immature and cruel thing to do to someone’; pictured in September 2019
Many commenters were unmoved by Elgort’s statement, and some believed that he would still have committed statutory rape even if the relationship had been fullly consensual, though New York’s age of consent is 17.
‘if she’s 17 that’s not consentual or legal. take the L and go to jail!’ wrote one user.
Other social media users accused Elgort of using a bad breakup as an excuse to push aside the original assault allegation.
‘Of course you’re claiming it was legal and consensual. Classic move trying to make the girl sound like she accused you because you dumped her,’ wrote another commenter.
Alleged: Elgort was accused of sexually assaulting the 17-year-old girl in 2014, when he was 20 and she was allegedly 17; pictured in January
A young woman named Gabby came forward on Friday via Twitter with claims that she first began messaging Elgort shortly before her 17th birthday, and he responded to her directly on the social media platform Snapchat.
Gabby, who did not reveal her last name, posted a lengthy statement describing the alleged assault perpetrated by the Goldfinch star when she was a teenager.
Representatives for Elgort did not immediately respond to comment on the allegations when contacted by DailyMail.com.
The post contained distressing details, with Gabby explaining that she was crying and in pain during the alleged encounter.
‘Instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time and I was sobbing in pain and I didn’t want to do it the only words that came out of his mouth were “we need to break you in” I WASNT there in that moment mentally,’ she claimed in her post.
Claims: Twitter user Gabby posted this picture on Friday which appeared to show her sitting next to Ansel Elgort as she covered her face
Accusation: Gabby posted a lengthy post on Friday about the alleged encounter with the actor
PTSD: The younger girl claims she has been left needing therapy after the alleged incident
She added: ‘I disassociated myself and just felt like my mind was gone I was in shock I couldn’t leave I was only 5’2 and 98 pounds. He made me think this is how sex was supposed to be.’
Gabby claims that she and Elgort had corresponded over Snapchat, where she had informed him that she was soon to be turning 17, which is when the actor allegedly shared his private account with her.
She alleges that the actor then shared nude photos of himself and shared screenshots of their messages on Twitter.
Gabby shared what appeared to a photo of herself sitting next to the actor, and said she was coming forward ‘so I can finally heal.’ She claims that the experience has left her struggling with PTSD, explaining: ‘I have panic attacks I go to therapy.’
The woman also claims the actor asked her for a threesome with one of her dancer friends who was ‘as well underage’ and she didn’t tell anyone because Elgort allegedly told her it could ‘ruin his career.’
Meanwhile, Newsweek reported on Friday that the actor had been accused on Twitter of using racist language, although there was no proof of the unverified claims.
The outlet reports that Instagram account @BlackatLaguardia has lately been exposing apparent wrongdoings at New York City’s famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, which Elgort attended.
The account posts are submitted by an anonymous student, and one post on Friday claimed a student named Ansel had used the N-word with many speculating that it was Elgort.
The actor recently starred in the movie adaptation of The Goldfinch and is slated to appear in the HBO Max series Tokyo Vice as well as the Disney’s remake of West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg