"Let’s remember that Ed Westwick has been ACCUSED of rape not PROVED," one fan tweets.
While some are already condemning him on social media over the allegation, which Westwick denied, others are holding out hope he's innocent or simply waiting for more evidence before taking any kind of position on the matter.
Westwick's name began trending on Twitter Tuesday, a day after Cohen published her allegation on Facebook. Cohen alleged that Westwick sexually assaulted her and then raped her in his home after she declined an invitation for her and her boyfriend to have sex with him. Westwick responded, also via Facebook, stating that the incident didn't happen, adding, "I do not know this woman."
Other fans of "Gossip Girl," in which Westwick played Chuck Bass, noted that co-star Leighton Meester purportedly unfollowed him on both Facebook and Instagram.
Westwick is just the latest Hollywood star to stand accused of a sexual crime as multiple scandals rock the entertainment industry. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, James Toback, and Brett Ratner are among those facing the most serious allegations.
Following is a sampling of "Gossip Girl" fan reactions to the Westwick accusation:
Find it strange ppl saying Ed Westwick being a rapist ruins character on Gossip Girl, the guy who tried to rape a girl in the first episode.— Emma (@modernbanshee) November 7, 2017
When I realise I can never watch gossip girl again and feel the same way about Chuck Bass again because of the Ed Westwick allegation pic.twitter.com/Lx1iKCvlIQ— Sharnssssss. (@chokeraddict) November 7, 2017
A Facebook post and 90% of people think Ed Westwick is a rapist? Don't get me wrong if guilty he's a scumbag but maybe wait until proven so?— Josh (@joshrussll_) November 7, 2017
RIP Ed Westwick, he ain’t dead but he’s dead to me.— k (@pugkar) November 7, 2017
Can everyone stop tweeting about ed westwick being a rapist, he’s been accused that’s it. That’s all it is, an accusation.— beth (@bethanyeleanor_) November 7, 2017
leighton meester unfollowed ed westwick. a queen pic.twitter.com/YAfSr0asHH— felicite (@fizfizzfizx) November 7, 2017
There's literally no proof ed westwick raped someone apart from a piece of text. Unfair to call him a rapist— Hampson (@matthampson22) November 7, 2017
Appalled to see so many women refusing to believe the allegations against Ed Westwick because of his looks. REALLY? pic.twitter.com/UOAWfhieqf— Amy 🌵 (@whatamydid) November 7, 2017
don't get this wrong but ed westwick being a rl chuck bass is not surprising at the least— ila (@leiaskywalkers) November 7, 2017
Ed Westwick is not Chuck Bass. And people believing accusations because of a character he played is disturbing. It’s sad that you can’t read anything anymore without people blasting men in media daily.— Bianca Todd (@binxyycat) November 7, 2017
I feel like the meaning of the word "allegation" has been lost. No one knows if Ed Westwick is guilty or not, yet some people have no doubts— Jordan Snape (@jksvoidmaster) November 7, 2017
me: ed westwick is trending omg gossip girl reunion yay— luisa (@itsluisagibson) November 7, 2017
twitter: he's been accused of rape
Is it that easy to destroy someone's life nowadays? A Facebook post about Ed Westwick, that's it? They won't even wait for any evidence.— Raziel (@KBerlanger) November 7, 2017
trying not to jump to conclusions about this but the ed westwick news has left me feeling like my whole life is a lie tbh— charliecutten☯ (@charlieecuttenn) November 7, 2017
Guys I'm truly sorry that Ed Westwick has ruined GG for you all (as it has for me) but could we focus more on the ruin to Kristina Cohen?— Dorothy Lydia (@DorothyLydia_) November 7, 2017
The accusation against Ed Westwick and his unequivocal denial highlights the Trial By Social Media farce. We'll likely never know the truth.— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) November 7, 2017
honestly. i'm so disgusted. why would this actress accuse ed westwick of rape if she was lying? why not pick someone with more clout?— aura (@perriescalvins) November 7, 2017
People who wants to believe Ed Westwick isn't a rapist bc it would ruin their vision of Chuck Bass...I'm like...SERIOUSLY? Rewatch the 1x01.— Elo (@MusicalElo) November 7, 2017
Leighton Meester unfollowed Ed Westwick on Twitter and Instagram. Nothing but respect for MY president. pic.twitter.com/pn7aMN1Ky2— Spencer Barrett (@spencerbarrett) November 7, 2017
Let’s remember that Ed Westwick has been ACCUSED of rape not PROVED. Different Things— lauren (@lozayeo) November 7, 2017
I will never watch gossip girl in the same way again Ed Westwick has ruined it for me now pic.twitter.com/6yH0syb34i— V (@Vickybentleyy) November 7, 2017