Up to now month and a half, we’ve heard and skim lots of apologies, statements and half-assed admissions of guilt from many males accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape. We’ve gotten used to the fastidiously worded, delicately crafted legalese, the feigned ignorance, the put-upon “who, me??” of all of it. It’s very clear which males instantly contact their legal professionals, and which males instantly contact their publicists. So is it bizarre that I’m not getting that vibe from Ed Westwick in any respect? As we discussed yesterday, an actress named Kristina Cohen wrote a prolonged Fb submit, claiming that Ed Westwick raped her three years in the past. Westwick waited a number of hours earlier than he issued a easy denial:
“I have no idea this lady. I’ve by no means pressured myself in any method, on a lady. I definitely have by no means dedicated rape.”
In fact I need to consider him. In fact it will be good to come back away with at the very least one story of a person NOT being absolute rubbish. Yesterday, I mentioned “I consider you, Kristina” as a result of we’ve arrived in the mean time in historical past the place we, as a society, are actually primed to consider victims who come ahead and inform their tales. It’s vital to provide ladies the advantage of the doubt. It’s vital to provide the accusers the advantage of the doubt moderately than the accused, as a result of traditionally the alternative has been true. Traditionally, Kristina Cohen would have been ripped to shreds by the media and everybody else as quickly as she tried to inform her story. However we gave her the advantage of the doubt. And I’m nonetheless giving her the advantage of the doubt.
Will probably be attention-grabbing to see what occurs subsequent – if latest historical past has proven us something, it’s that when one sufferer comes ahead, extra victims observe. Does Ed Westwick have extra victims? Is Christina about to get some back-up? Or has Ed Westwick actually by no means met Kristina and by no means harmed any lady? Deadline reports that the LAPD is investigating Christina’s rape, and apparently two witnesses have come ahead, saying that Kristina advised them what occurred within the days after the alleged rape.
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