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Jessica Serfaty is standing by Ed Westwick despite rape allegations

And why it’s problematic.

Ed Westwick’s girlfriend, Jessica Serfaty, has proven that she still has his back despite accusations by three women that he sexually assaulted them; two of them claimed that he raped them.

Jessica posted a photo of her and Ed on Instagram on Tuesday with the caption, “Nobody puts baby in a corner.” In the photo, it looks like the two are at a party of some sort, but it’s unclear whether it’s an old or recent picture.

This isn’t the first time Jessica — who has a nine-year-old son from a previous marriage, and has been linked to Niall Horan and Joe Jonas before dating Ed — has seemingly defended her boyfriend on social media. The same day that actress Kristina Cohen made the first public allegation against Ed, accusing him of raping her in February 2014, Jessica posted a photo of the word ‘Bullshit’ with the caption, “Nah, thanks mate. I ain’t havin any of that.”

She also tweeted that day, “I know you, I know the truth. Such sadness in my heart. I love your kind gentle soul. Bless.”

Ed’s two public statements in response to the allegations were posted on social media. After Kristina’s Facebook post about her experience went viral, he wrote on Instagram, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”

Then again, after former actress Aurélie Wynn spoke up about her experience, inspired by Kristina sharing her story, Ed released a longer statement on Instagram, and said he was “cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”

He hasn’t commented on the third allegation, made by Rachel Eck.

Jessica’s latest Instagram post showing her support for Ed has drawn mixed comments from users — while her caption is a reference to the famous quote from Dirty Dancing, it could be also be interpreted as condemning the women who have accused her boyfriend.

Some of the comments on the post have praised Jessica for the way she has stood by Ed in light of the allegations; others have accused the three women of being liars; and then there are those who reminded Jessica that she’s dating an accused rapist, and that the women involved could not be ignored.

All rape allegations must be treated seriously, and women who have close relationships with the men who find themselves at the centre of such allegations often find themselves in a tricky spot with who they should side with — which is something Lena Dunham discovered earlier this week.

Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham
Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham

As a refresher, Murray Miller, a former writer on Lena’s show Girls, was accused by actress Aurora Perrineau of sexual assault in 2012, when she was just 17. Lena and Jenni Konner, the executive producer of Girls and Lena’s business partner, were quick to defend Murray because he was a colleague. They were also quick to judge Aurora’s allegation as “one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year.”

Their original statement, released via Entertainment Weekly, said:

After copping major backlash, Lena released a separate statement on social media, writing: