Jessica Szohr is speaking up to defend her Gossip Girl co-star and ex-boyfriend, Ed Westwick. The 30-year-old Billionaire Ransom actor has been facing several allegations of rape, which he has completely denied.
Ed previously told fans through social media that he is “cooperating with the authorities” in order to clear his name quickly. During the latest interview with Cosmopolitan, the 32-year-old Jessica addressed the controversial topic of the allegations against her ex-boyfriend whom she dated from 2008 to 2010.
Jessica Szohr on Ex-Boyfriend Ed Westwick's Rape Allegations: 'You Pray It's Not True'
Noting that the topic was tricky and she didn’t want her words to be twisted, Jessica said;
I have known Ed for years and know how lovely he is, and don’t think he would ever put someone in a position like that,
Adding that she does not want to speak for Ed or his accusers, Jessica said;
It’s just, it’s a touchy, tough thing that you pray it’s not true and that with, outside of even him, all these different topics coming up, I’m glad that there’s notice being put on it for women that are going through it. But I also think it’s a touchy, crazy thing too, because some people are going into these different situations and they’re not coming out true. So it’s like, well, why are people making it up, because that takes away from the girls that are going through it.
She noted that she has spoken with Ed since the allegations came out, revealing;
He’s going through a difficult time. He’s being accused of something that he’s publicly saying he didn’t do. So it’s, you know, tough on him.
Ed's BBC show Ordeal by Innocence is not airing and the shooting of for White Gold has been put on hold in the wake of the allegations.
I don’t know those girls at all, and they could be lovely and awesome and all that. From the Ed I know and working with him for five years and having a friendship through all of that and after, it was shocking. It was shocking,
She noted that she could only speak from her own experiences, saying;
If you’re asking me ‘Do I think he would do that to someone?’ No, I don’t. But was I there? No.