ANSEL Elgort rose to fame after starring alongside Shailene Woodley in The Fault in Our Stars.
In June of 2020, a young woman came forward with sexual assault allegations against the famed actor, who immediately denied them.
What were the allegations against Ansel Elgort?
Following the red carpet premiere of 2021's West Side Story, fans and social media users have shared their dissonance over Ansel Elgort still being involved in the film following the June 2020 allegations against him.
On June 19, 2020, a Twitter user named @Itsgabby posted a series of now-deleted tweets accusing Elgort of sexually assaulting her in 2014, when she was 17 years old and he was 20.
According to her Twitter posts, she had direct messaged Ansel Elgort before her 17th birthday, as a fan of his work. She reportedly didn't think he would respond, but he allegedly gave her his private Snapchat account.
The two allegedly met in person.
"So when it happened instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time and I was sobbing in pain and I didn't want to do it the only words that came out of his mouth were 'we need to break you in' I WASNT there in that moment mentally," her tweet read.
"I disassociated myself and felt like my mind was gone I was in shock I couldn't leave I was only 5'2 and 98 pounds," she continued.
"He made me think this was how sex was supposed to be. I WAS SO YOUNG AND HE KNEW THAT."
The Twitter user also alleged that Elgort had asked her for nude pictures, as well as suggesting they have a threesome with one of her then-underage friends.
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What has Ansel Elgort said about the allegations against him?
The day after the allegations against Ansel Elgort were shared to Twitter, the actor took to his own social media to address the situation.
On his Instagram account, he shared a post denying the accusations against him.
"I was distressed to see the social media posts about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours," he wrote at the time.
"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," he continued.
"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 concluded.
What has been the response to Ansel Elgort's appearance in West Side Story?
On Monday, November 29, 2021, the red carpet premiere for the new rendition of West Side Story took place in New York City.
While many people are awaiting the new movie with excitement, others were quick to point out the "hypocrisy" of Hollywood by giving platforms to people accused of assault.
In response to a video clip of Elgort being interviewed on the red carpet, one Twitter user wrote: "Hollywood is so f**king hypocritical. They do their little events where they claim to support SA survivors, do the whole 'Me Too' thing, sell the stories of survivors AND THEN GIVE F**KING PLATFORM TO KNOWN ABUSERS.
"So, F**K Hollywood and F**K Ansel Elgort's ugly a*s," they continued about the allegations.
Another user chimed in with: "Looking forward to West Side Story and dreading every Ansel Elgort appearance in West Side Story."
Elgort shared an image from the premiere to his Instagram account, but the comments on the post were limited to only people he follows.
West Side Story hits theatres on December 10, 2021.
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