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Monday evening was the large Hollywood premiere of West Side Story (appropriately held in NYC), and the entire city is buzzing about it. While the evaluate embargo has not but been lifted, the primary reactions for Steven Spielberg‘s reimagining of the basic Stephen Sondheim (RIP) musical are out.
Critics are already lauding the daring visuals, beautiful choreo, and sure, the brilliant younger solid led by newcomer Rachel Zegler and (gulp) Ansel Elgort.
The issue with that? Ansel Elgort was credibly accused simply final yr of luring and sexually assaulting an underage fan.
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For those that didn’t see the awfulness, a younger girl named Gabby tweeted out her story — alongside a photograph with the Child Driver star and screengrabs of her alleged convos with him through direct message on Snapchat. She wrote about how they met, sharing the receipts:
“Ansel Elgort sexually assaulted me once I was 17. I had dmed him on when it was two days earlier than my 17th birthday and I received his personal Snapchat. I didn’t assume he would ever see my dm I used to be only a child and was a fan of him.”
She went on to element how Ansel allegedly pushed her into intercourse regardless of her eager to cease:
“So when it occurred as a substitute of asking me if I needed to cease having intercourse understanding it was my first time and I used to be sobbing in ache and I didn’t wish to do it the one phrases that got here out of his mouth have been ‘we have to break you in’.”
Ick. She continued:
“I WASN’T there in that second mentally. I disassociated myself and felt like my thoughts was gone I used to be in shock I couldn’t depart I used to be solely 5’2 and 98 kilos. He made me assume this was how intercourse was alleged to be.”
She additionally says Ansel knew precisely how previous she was — 17, the identical age as Rachel Zegler when she was solid to play the Child Driver‘s love curiosity within the new film. He was 20.
“I WAS SO YOUNG AND HE KNEW THAT. He as nicely stated stuff like ‘you’re going to be such an attractive younger girl whenever you’re older’. I used to be f**king 17. He not solely did that however requested me for nudes. I used to be solely 17. In addition to requested to have a threesome with me and one among my ‘dance mates’ they have been as nicely underage and I didn’t inform anybody as a result of he stated it may ‘damage his profession’ i sat there for months questioning what I did mistaken. Questioning why I felt so used. Years later I’ve ptsd, I’ve panic assaults I am going to remedy.”
Ansel confirmed having had intercourse with Gabby however painted the occasions in a special gentle, calling it “a quick, authorized and fully consensual relationship.” 17 is the authorized age of consent in NYC, however man when you must describe your relationship as technically “authorized” oof. It additionally appeared like he implied the younger girl was simply reacting out of spite as a result of he hadn’t known as her after breaking apart together with her. Elegant.
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Nevertheless, after Gabby got here ahead, a minimum of three others additionally shared claims on-line of Ansel reaching out to underage followers as younger as 15 years previous from across the similar time — and sure, there have been some screenshots of alleged DMs:
What might need been thought-about a “he stated, she stated” state of affairs to some was now beginning to look extra like a sample.
Even on the time we puzzled how Spielberg would react, if he would delay the movie and recast. However filming was already executed. Certain, he may have pulled a Ridley Scott and digitally changed his lead with Christopher Plummer, however as a substitute he and 20th Century Studios (previously Fox, now Disney) selected to disregard the allegations fully.
Now that the film is getting glowing evaluations, that’s coming again to chew them a bit — as fairly just a few of us on-line clearly didn’t overlook. Listed below are a number of the responses to Ansel’s alleged previous being swept below the rug by the mainstream Hollywood press machine:
“So simply cuz the brand new West Side Story appears to really be good we’re simply going to reward Ansel Elgort whereas ignoring the sexual assault allegations in opposition to him? Like bestie there are different folks we are able to speak about”
“I can not imagine that Ansel Elgort repeatedly sought out underage chicks and abused them and there’s proof of it and he’s nonetheless sitting on that stage”
“Hollywood is so f**king hypocritical. They do their little occasions the place they declare to help SA survivors, do the entire ‘Me Too’ factor, promote the tales of survivors AND THEN GIVE F**KING PLATFORM TO KNOWN ABUSERS.”
“The truth that Ansel Elgort is starring on this after that massive controversy final yr. Ahhh to be a white wealthy man with connections!”
“now that west aspect story has debuted, right here’s a reminder to not help ansel elgort. he deserves nothing and the truth that he was casted as a personality who’s romantically concerned with an underage costars character is scary”
“Please simply reshoot the film with anybody else apart from Ansel Elgort. CGI in Paul Giamatti for all I care.”
Oh, and if it weren’t clear sufficient that DJ Ansolo isn’t fearing any fallout, on the premiere he stated he watched his 17-year-old co-star carry out at her highschool after she was solid, so… yeah.
— Entry Hollywood (@accesshollywood) November 30, 2021
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