Ansel Elgort took to Instagram today to respond to allegations of sexual assault that were leveled against him on Friday, June 19, by a young woman named Gabby who claimed that [sensitive content]the actor pressured her into having sex when she was 17 years old and he was 20, despite her telling him she was in pain (she was a virgin at the time).
In a post on his Instagram profile, Elgort described being "distressed" by Gabby's post accusing him of assault, without denying having had sexual relations with her, writing:
"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. 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's Twitter account has been deactivated since yesterday's post was shared.