A Twitter user accused The Fault in Our Stars actor Ansel Elgort of sexual assault on June 19. The social media user, known by her first name Gabby, alleged she was 17 years old when Elgort — who she said was in his 20s at the time — continued to have sex with her even though she was “sobbing in pain.”
Heavy reached out to both Elgort and Gabby for comment but did not immediately hear back. Elgort issued a statement on Instagram on June 20 saying, “”I was distressed to see the social media posts about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours. I cannot claim to understand Gabby’s feelings but her description of events is simply not what happened.” Elgort added:
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.
Gabby said she wanted to share her story so she could heal and help victims of sexual assault. “It’s a lot for me to post this but I think it’s time I finally talk about my story of me being sexually assaulted,” she tweeted. “I need to heal and I want others to know they’re not alone.”
Gabby said she had just turned 17 when she met Elgort for the first time in December 2014. “He knew what he was doing. 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,” she wrote. “Ansel Elgort sexually assaulted me when I was 17.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Gabby Said She Met Elgort Through Social Media
According to Gabby, she sent him a direct message two days before her 17th birthday and he responded with his private Snapchat account:
I didn’t think he’d ever see my dm I was just a kid and was a fan of him. 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. I dissociated myself and just felt like my mind was gone and I was in shock.
Gabby claimed Elgort knew she was 17 and told her, “You’re going to be such a beautiful young lady when you’re older.” She said he asked her for nude pictures and to have a threesome with one of her friends who was also underage.
The legal age of consent is between 16 and 18, depending on the state.
Gabby wrote that she kept the assault accusations quiet because Elgort told her they could “ruin his career.”
I sat there for months wondering what I did wrong. Wondering why I felt so used. Years later I have PTSD, I have panic attacks, I go to therapy. Finally, I’m ready to talk about it and finally heal. I just want to heal and I want to tell other girls who have been through the same s*** as me, you’re not alone. It’s a lot for me to even come on here and tell my story but I know it’s needed. There’s much more to my story I simply don’t want to post it all.
Social Media Users Were Shocked by the Allegations
Elgort’s name became a top-trending Twitter topic on June 19, with more than 66,000 mentions. Many said they were going to unfollow the actor after reading Gabby’s allegations.
Some users defended Elgort, writing things like, “I don’t believe any girl coming out as victim of some famous person.” Others called those comments “victim blaming” and said Gabby was a minor when the alleged incident took place.
As of publication, Elgort had not responded on Twitter to Gabby’s allegations.