“I cannot claim to understand Gabby’s feelings but her description of events is simply not what happened.”
Ansel Elgort is speaking out after a fan claimed she was sexually assaulted by the actor when she was 17 years old in 2014.
“I was distressed to see the social media posts about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours,” he wrote on InstagramOpens in a new Window. on Saturday, June 20.
“I cannot claim to understand Gabby’s feelings but her description of events is simply not what happened,” Elgort continued. “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.”
He concluded, “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.”