Three months after the “West Aspect Story” press tour wrapped, Rachel Zegler is talking out concerning the media’s line of questioning geared toward her and her feminine costars over Ansel Elgort’s assault allegations. In an interview with “Elle,” Zegler was requested a couple of earlier roundtable dialogue she participated in with “West Aspect Story” stars Ariana DeBose and Rita Moreno. Throughout the dialog, the three ladies had been questioned concerning the allegations geared toward Elgort. Zegler voiced her concern over the queries to “Elle” stating, “It was an actual intestine punch, truthfully.”
“[There is] inherent discomfort that comes with that realization that there are tons of people that assume that you must reply for the actions of an grownup male who can communicate for himself.”
“I reverted again to this mind house I used to be in [back in] June of 2020, when the accusation surfaced . . . These days had been a few of the worst psychological well being days I’ve ever had,” she added. “I used to be sitting there having simply turned 19, on the precipice of what was promised to be the largest second in my life, and was being held accountable [by the public] for accusations that not solely had nothing to do with me, however had been made a couple of state of affairs that was mentioned to have occurred [five] years previous to once I had met and labored with this individual.”
Zegler additionally mentioned she did not perceive why questions concerning the accusations had been geared toward her “regardless that the individual in query was current” and that she was “devastated” over how folks critiqued her response to the state of affairs. “[There is] inherent discomfort that comes with that realization that there are tons of people that assume that you must reply for the actions of an grownup male who can communicate for himself,” she added in her “Elle” interview.
“It’s so wildly disappointing at each flip, irrespective of the way you slice it. Regardless of what number of occasions I’ve tried to justify folks’s concern with regards to me in my mind, however then realizing that it comes from a spot of me having to reply for that, and never them truly caring about whether or not or not I used to be okay, was actually hurtful . . . I actually haven’t got something to do with this dialog, and I am trying ahead to shifting previous it,” she concluded.
Zegler formally addressed the allegations surrounding Elgort, who performs Tony in “West Aspect Story,” in January close to the tip of her movie’s press tour. Elgort was accused of sexual assault practically a 12 months after filming wrapped on the remake film, and Zegler, who performs Maria, hadn’t immediately spoken on the matter till “The Hollywood Reporter” launched its January cowl story. “We made a film two and a half years in the past, and rather a lot has gone on on the earth since then,” the actor instructed the outlet.
In June 2020, a girl got here ahead on Twitter accusing Elgort of sexually assaulting her in 2014, when she was 17 and he was 20. “I simply wish to heal and I wish to inform different ladies who’ve been by the identical sh*t as me, you are not alone,” she mentioned on the time. Elgort denied the allegations in a now-deleted assertion, categorizing his relationship with the girl as “transient, authorized, and fully consensual.” (The age of consent in New York, the place the incident passed off, is 17.)
Elgort wasn’t edited out of “West Aspect Story,” however he was noticeably sidelined within the ensuing press tour. And though the solid and crew did not touch upon the controversy, Zegler appeared to allude to it in a 2020 tweet shared the same day the allegations surfaced. “I’m feeling somewhat misplaced tonight and i’m feeling somewhat disenchanted. i do know a few of you’re, too,” she mentioned, “that is the world proper now— however it’s obligatory.”
In “The Hollywood Reporter”‘s cowl story, Zegler later mentioned, “Rather a lot has modified very publicly, and privately as nicely. There’s been lots of awakening. You simply hope that the folks concerned are OK, that they’re requested in a respectful method and that they’re given the chance to reply for themselves.”
DeBose and Moreno additionally shared their views within the cowl story. DeBose mentioned, “No one actually is aware of what is going on on in anybody’s head. Solely the individuals who had been concerned in that state of affairs know what truly went down.” Moreno added, “I feel it might have been completely horrendous and incorrect for anybody to take sides in that matter. It is not for me to make these judgments.”