After being accused Friday of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in 2014, Ansel Elgort responded to the claims with a statement posted on his Instagram account.
His accuser, identifying herself only as Gabby, posted on Twitter Friday morning a detailed account of how 26-year-old Elgort, best known for his film roles in “Baby Driver” and “Divergent” series, assaulted her after meeting her online.
Elgort denied sexually assaulting her Saturday evening and called their relationship “consensual.”
“I was distressed to see the social media posts about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I cannot claim to understand Gabby’s feelings but her description of events is simply not what happened,” he said. “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 concluded.
Gabby, who currently resides in New York according to her Instagram profile, described the sexual encounter: “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.’”
The account where the accusation appeared has since been deleted. The story remains unverified.
Elgort is set to co-star in Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming remake of “West Side Story” opposite Rachel Zegler, a 19-year-old actress from Clifton. Filming took place in Paterson last summer.