Ansel Elgot, the actor most commonly recognised for playing the lead role in Edgar Wright’s action thriller Baby Driver, has denied sexually assaulting a 17-year-old.
The denial has arrived after a woman came forward to accuse Elgot of sexual assault in an alleged incident which took place in 2014. The woman claimed that she struck up a conversation with the actor through social media. “I was sexually assaulted a couple of days after I just turned 17,” she wrote in a now-deleted statement. “I was only fucking 17. And he was in his 20s.
“Instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time… I WASNT there in that moment mentally,” she said. “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.”
The statement added: “I WAS SO YOUNG AND HE KNEW THAT. He as well said stuff like ‘you’re going to be a beautiful young lady when you’re older.’ I was fucking 17. He not only did that, but asked me for nudes. I was only 17.
“Finally I’m ready to talk about it and finally heal. I just want to heal and I [want] to tell other girls who have been through the same shit as me, you’re not alone.”
Now, as the women’s allegations gained traction on social media, Elgot has come forward to vehemently deny the claims. “I was distressed to see the social media posts about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours,” Elgot wrote in a statement posted to his Instagram account. “I cannot claim to understand [her] feelings but her description of events is simply not what happened. I have never and would never assault anyone,” he added.
“I cannot claim to understand Gabby’s feelings but her description of the events is simply not what happened. I have never and would never assault anyone. What is true is that in New York in 2014, when I was 20, Gabby and I had a brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship.
“Unfortunately, I did not handle the breakup well. 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 behaviour when I disappeared.”
He added: “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.”
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