'Entourage' Star Kevin Connolly Has Been Accused Of Sexual Assault By A Former Colleague
Kevin Connolly has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a 2005 production wrap party in New York, reports The Daily Beast. Gracie Cox, then a costume designer working on the production, claims the actor-director raped her at the wrap party for Kevin’s directorial debut ‘The Gardener of Eden’, held at the now-shut Butter lounge in Manhattan.
“We were at the party and I don’t think I’d been there for more than hour or so when Kevin approached me and asked if I’d go with him for a smoke,” Gracie told The Daily Beast. She was 29 at the time.
Gracie says the Entourage star then led her “down a hall” to an empty VIP lounge where he started to kiss her. “I didn’t know how to respond – but before I could even think about what to do about it, he pulled me into one of those little side [booths], and pulled down my pants, and turned me around, and within no time was inside of me. I was just in shock.”
She says Kevin wasn’t wearing a condom and that when he finished with the alleged assault, he threw a pillow at her and told her to “clean herself up”. “He then told me that he was going to leave and to wait a few minutes, because he didn’t want anyone to see us together,” she told The Daily Beast.
Kevin has not been charged in the alleged attack. He said in a statement provided to The Daily Beast through his attorney that he “categorically denies” the assault accusations, but that does admit to a “lack of professionalism” on his part when it comes to the encounter.
The statement reads: “Kevin strongly supports victims of sexual assault and believes their claims should always be heard. As someone who has worked in this industry for four decades, he has treated people with nothing but respect and has maintained a stellar reputation. Therefore, he was completely shocked to learn of the allegations made by Gracie Cox from a wrap party in 2005.”
It concluded: “Kevin acknowledges the lack of professionalism on his part, but he adamantly denies that it was anything other than a mutual consensual encounter.”
Gracie says she regrets not getting a rape kit completed at the time of the alleged assault, but that she was scared, and worried about potentially not being able to work in TV and film again, given Kevin's good standing in the industry. She told The Daily Beast, “The casual nature, the way that it felt, was like something that he had done before and thinks nothing of it.” Gracie did tell several friends about the assault at the time, and has corroborating evidence supporting that she did so, including emails between herself and friends, and notes from her psychologist about her alleged experience.
She says she did reach out to an attorney for help and support on this, but that the statute of limitations – the maximum amount of time after an event within which legal proceedings can be initiated – had passed.
Gracie said she’s not afraid to talk about the alleged rape, which is why she spoke to The Daily Beast. “I want it to be known that he is dangerous and I want him to not get away with it any longer."
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