Rachel Zegler and West Side Story Co-Stars Finally Address Ansel Elgort Allegations

West Side Story stars Rachel Zegler, Rita Moreno and Ariana DeBose shared their thoughts on the sexual assault allegations against their co-star Ansel Elgort, who denied the claims in 2020.

By Emlyn Travis Jan 26, 2022 11:49 PMTags

More than a month after the release of the film, West Side Story actresses Rachel ZeglerRita Moreno and Ariana DeBose have shared their thoughts on the sexual assault allegations against Ansel Elgort.  

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, Jan. 26, the stars of Steven Spielberg's beloved musical adaptation weighed in on the claims against their fellow co-star, who plays the leading role of Tony in the film, with Moreno stating that she would not make "judgements" on the accusations, which Elgort has previously denied.

"I think it would have been absolutely horrendous and wrong for anyone to take sides in that matter," Moreno told the outlet. "It's not for me to make those judgments."  

DeBose, who recently hosted Saturday Night Live, added, "Nobody really knows what's going on in anyone's head. Only the people who were involved in that situation know what actually went down." 

And Zegler, who worked closely with Elgort as his love interest Maria in the film, explained that "a lot has gone on in the world" in the time since they originally all shot the film together. 

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"We made a movie two and a half years ago, and a lot has gone on in the world since then," she said. "A lot has changed very publicly, and privately as well. There's been a lot of awakening."  

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The actress continued, "You just hope that the people involved are OK, that they are asked in a respectful manner and that they are given the opportunity to answer for themselves." 

E! News reached out to Elgort's rep for comment and hasn't heard back.

In June 2020, a Twitter user named Gabby alleged in a now-deleted tweet that Elgort "sexually assaulted me when I was 17," after she allegedly DMed the actor online.

Elgort denied the allegations in a since-deleted post on Instagram that month, writing, "I cannot claim to understand Gabby's feelings but her depiction of events is simply not what happened." 

"I have never and would never assault anyone," he said. "What is true is that in New York in 2014, when I was 20, Gabby and I had a brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship."

Following his statement, Elgort largely stayed out of the spotlight for over a year until September 2021, when he attended the Daily Front Row's 8th annual Fashion Media Awards with his parents. In November, the actor took to the red carpet for the New York City premiere of West Side Story alongside his long-time girlfriend Violetta Komyshan, marking their first public appearance together since January 2020.