If you’ve seen any tabloids or news websites, you’ve seen all the news circles of sexual assault since Harvey Weinstein hitting the headlines. Literally I’ve seen new cases what feels like every week. I understand it’s not a joke, it could have actually happened. By no means am I downplaying this at all. It’s just weird that this is suddenly a “common” topic among the media. I know I’m going to be riding a thin line with this post so to speak but I have ran across one case of an actor I’m pretty fond of.
Ed Westwick is better known from the hit tv series Gossip Girl. (SECRET! Gossip Girl inspired me to blog!) He played the notorious player and multimillionaire Chuck Bass. “I’m Chuck Bass.” became a tagline for this show. Every girl who watched the show fell in love with him. Later in the seasons you learned he was just an average man who, when he was younger, had some daddy issues. All he ever wanted was to please his father. The reaction his father always had been to downgrade him. Basically making Chuck turn on the rough exterior he had. Watching his character grow was amazing to me. Ever since Gossip Girl aired its final episode I’ve follow Westwick’s work. His work hasn’t had much success since then. He’s stared in a TV show Wicked City which was cancelled after the first season. A year after that he stared in a movie called Billionaire Ransom. Nothing else has really come to light for him until January of this year with a movie called The Crash. In the last month or so I noticed a new show on Netflix being advertised called White Gold. Low and behold, there was Ed Westwick. After some research I’ve learned this show is a BBC comedy series taking place in the mid 1980’s.
As you can see he has been busy. With this claim of rape involving him that is now being talked about, I’m afraid his career won’t quite make it much farther. Jessica Szohr who played Vanessa Abrams in GG, dated EW between 2008-2010. Szohr has spoken out on the assault allegations.
“It’s a difficult subject right now for anyone that’s involved on either side. I don’t even really know how to answer it, if I should, because I don’t want anything to get twisted, because 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.”
Despite defending Westwick, Jessica said she’s happy survivors of sexual misconduct have more courage than ever to speak up. I understand you do have to put yourselves in everyone’s shoes on this. No matter what side of the situation they stand on. I can speak from a by-standers point of view by stating my opinion on it and that is I believed all these accusations no matter who it involves is being stretched. The media needs to make their money I get that. It is a good thing this type of situations is out for the public to know about. At the same time, I feel like its such a private manner.
I am ready for whatever backlash/advice/comments you may have for me. I am being very risky with this post by touching on such a sensitive subject. At the same time, do know, I’m trying to understand it as well.