Actor-director Kevin Connolly is accused of sexually assaulting a fancy dress designer throughout a 2005 wrap get together in Manhattan, in keeping with a report.
Gracie Cox, a South Carolina native who now works as a therapist for youngsters, claims the 46-year-old former “Entourage” star attacked her throughout a wrap get together on the now-shuttered Butter lounge in NoHo to have fun his directorial debut with “The Gardener of Eden,” The Day by day Beast reviews.
“We have been on the get together and I don’t assume I’d been there for greater than an hour or so when Kevin approached me and requested if I’d go along with him for a smoke,” mentioned Cox, who was then 29.
Connolly, who denies the allegations, then led Cox “down a corridor” to a VIP lounge space, she mentioned.
“As quickly as we have been alone in that space, he began to kiss me,” Cox recalled. “I didn’t know reply – however earlier than I may even take into consideration what to do about it, he pulled me into a type of little aspect [booths], and pulled down my pants, and turned me round, and inside no time was within me. I used to be simply in shock.”
Connolly, who was not carrying a condom, then threw a pillow at Cox after he completed, she mentioned. He proceeded to inform her to “clear” herself up, Cox claims.
“He then advised me that he was going to go away and to attend a couple of minutes, as a result of he didn’t need anybody to see us collectively,” she recalled.
Connolly, who has not been charged within the alleged assault, mentioned in a press release issued by his legal professional that he “categorically denies” assaulting Cox whereas admitting a “lack of professionalism” on his half in connection to the encounter.
“Kevin fully understands Amy’s displeasure with the consensual act that transpired between Kevin and Gracie 15 years in the past, after manufacturing had wrapped and so they have been not working collectively on the film,” legal professional Marty Singer mentioned in a press release to The Day by day Beast. “Kevin acknowledges the shortage of professionalism on his half, however her adamantly denies that it was something aside from a mutual consensual encounter.”
Cox mentioned she regrets not getting a rape package accomplished after the alleged assault, however was involved about her future within the enterprise on the time. She reached out to legal professional Gloria Allred for assist, however was turned away as a result of the statute of limitations had previous, in keeping with the report.
Cox mentioned she’s not afraid of telling her aspect of the encounter regardless of Connolly’s allegedly lengthy “attain” within the trade, and his extra profitable buddies, similar to actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who produced 2007’s “The Gardener of Eden.”
The folks Connolly is aware of “have a number of energy,” Cox mentioned.
She added: “I need it to be identified that he’s harmful and I need him to not get away with it any longer.”