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“Entourage” star Kevin Connolly has been accused of sexually assaulting a costume designer at a wrap party in New York in 2005.
Gracie Cox, a children’s therapist who used to work in costume design, told The Daily Beast that she worked as an assistant costume designer for the Connolly-directed film “The Gardener of Eden." Connolly, 46, denied the accusation assault, instead contending that it was a “consensual encounter” that was preceded by mutual flirtation, in a statement issued by his attorney.
Cox, who was 29 at the time, said that early on during her time on set, Connolly made her uncomfortable by flirting with her and singling her out in front of others. She remained polite because he was her boss, she told The Daily Beast.
That flirtation turned physical at a wrap party for the film held at the now-closed Butter lounge in Manhattan. After she was at the party for around an hour, Connolly found her and asked her to go with him to smoke. Even though she didn’t smoke, she went with him so that she wouldn't seem rude, she said.
Connolly then led her to what she guessed was a private “VIP lounge area” and sexually assaulted her, she alleged.
“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 these 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,” Cox told The Daily Beast.
Cox went on to say that she didn’t feel that she could say no.
“There was not really a chance in my mind to object or resist. It just happened really fast. I froze and was in shock. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before in any way, shape or form. I was completely caught off-guard," she said
Cox said that after Connolly was finished, he threw a pillow at her and told her to clean herself up. He then told her to wait a few minutes before coming back to the party so that people wouldn’t see them together.
On her way back to the party, her direct supervisor — costume designer Amy Westcott, a friend who’d brought her onto the film — saw her and noticed that she was distressed, Cox told The Daily Beast. After learning what happened, Westcott confronted Connolly back at the party, and the two got into an argument before Westcott called a cab and arranged for Cox to get home safely.
While Westcott confirmed this version of events to The Daily Beast — as have Cox’s friends, therapists, and two other crew members on the film — Connolly told a different story. He claimed that Westcott was angry at both Cox and himself for being “unprofessional,” but Westcott denied that claim, according to The Daily Beast.
Connolly’s lawyer, Marty Singer, said that Connolly was “shocked” to hear of Cox’s allegations. The actor maintains that what happened was consensual, and “categorically denies” that it was assault.
“Kevin acknowledges the lack of professionalism on his part, but he adamantly denies that it was anything other than a mutual consensual encounter,” Singer said.
After the alleged assault, Cox backed out of plans to move to Los Angeles and work on the set of “Entourage” with Westcott, but she still continued to work in costume design, having landed jobs with shows like “Girls” and “Orange Is the New Black,” according to The Daily Beast.
Speaking to the outlet, Cox said that she now regrets not having gotten a rape kit done back then, explaining she opted not to do so at the time because she was anxious about her career.
Connolly “thinks he’s untouchable,” Cox said. “I want it to be known that he is dangerous, and I want him to not get away with it any longer.”
Oxygen.com's attempts to contact Connolly's attorney weren't immediately returned.
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