Ansel Elgort has responded to accusations of sexually assaulting a girl in 2014, with a statement on Instagram. Elgort says he will continue to “reflect, learn, and work to grow in empathy.”
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“I was distressed to see the social media posts about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours,” Elgort begins his statement.
“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. 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 behavior when I disappeared.
“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 finished.
Friday, Twitter user @ItsGabby shared details of a sexual encounter she had with Elgort when she was 17: “I was only fucking 17. And he was in his 20s. He knew what he was doing,” she wrote. “I’m not posting this to ‘clout chase’ because I simply don’t care for that. I’m posting this so I can finally heal and I know I’m not alone and he’s done this to other girls. Ansel Elgort sexually assaulted me when I was 17.”