- Celebrities Justin Bieber and Ansel Elgort both made headlines this weekend after being accused of sexual assault.
- Justin denied the claims, with proof he was with Selena Gomez on the night in 2014 a Twitter user claims he invited her to his hotel room where he assaulted her.
- Baby Driver actor Ansel Elgort says he was in a "brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship" with the girl claiming he sexually assaulted her. He added that he has "never and would never assault anyone".
Both Justin Bieber and Ansel Elgort were accused of sexual assault on social media over the weekend.
The Changes hitmaker responded to claims made by a user named Danielle on Twitter, who said Justin sexually assaulted her in 2014 when she and her friends were invited back to his hotel room at the Four Seasons while attending an event in Texas, reports People. The tweet and account were later removed.
"I don't normally address things as I have dealt with random accusations my entire career but after talking with my wife [Hailey Baldwin] and team I have decided to speak up on an issue tonight," Justin wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
In a series of tweets the 26-year-old shared emails and hotel receipts proving he wasn't at the Four Seasons on the night in question. "Rumours are rumours but sexual abuse is something I don't take lightly," he wrote.
Justin went on to prove he was photographed and staying with his then girlfriend, Selena Gomez, on the night in question (9 March 2014).
"I stayed with Selena and our friends at an airbnb on the 9th and on the 10th stayed at a Westin because our hotel reservation at LÀ Quinta and not the four seasons was messed up," he said.
"The pics I showed of me and Selena March 9 in Austin should make it clear that we were together that night and went from the venue to our Airbnb and never went to the four seasons," he wrote.
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The Pics I showed of me and Selena march 9 in Austin should make it clear that we were together that night and went from the venue to our Airbnb and never went to the four seasons. This is our airbnb receipt where we crashed with our friends pic.twitter.com/4ZDIqjeCIQ— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 22, 2020
Furthermore I stayed with Selena and our friends at an airbnb on the 9th and on the 10th stayed at a Westin because our hotel reservation at LÀ Quinta and not the four seasons was messed up. Here are the receipts for the hotel on the 10th pic.twitter.com/hLNHnvJ6XS— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 22, 2020
"Every claim of sexual abuse should be taken very seriously and this is why my response was needed," the Intentions singer wrote. "However this story is factually impossible and that is why I will be working with Twitter and authorities to take legal action."
UPDATE: The Sorry singer has since filed a $20 million (R343.5 million) defamation lawsuit against the two women involved in the allegations, according to People.
Baby Driver star, Ansel Elgort, also made headlines over the weekend after a girl accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17 years old.
According to E! News, a user by the name of Gabby shared online that she DMed The Fault In Our Stars actor two days before her 17th birthday and he sent her his private Snapchat. She shared screenshots of their exchanges as proof.
"I didn't think he'd ever see my DM. I was just a kid and was a fan of him," she wrote. "So when it happened, instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time and I was sobbing in pain and I didn't want to do it, the only words that came out of his mouth were 'we need to break you in.' I WASN'T there in that moment mentally. I disassociated myself and just felt like my mind was gone. I was in shock. I couldn't leave. I was only 5'2 and 98 pounds. He made me think this is how sex was supposed to be. I WAS SO YOUNG AND HE KNEW THAT."
Her account has since been made private.
The actor has taken to Instagram to respond, admitting he did have a "brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship" with Gabby.
"I cannot claim to understand Gabby's feelings but her depiction of events is simply not what happened," he said.
"I have never and would never assault anyone. 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. Unfortunately, I did not handle the breakup well. I stopped responding to her, which is an immature and cruel thing to do to someone. I know this belated apology does not absolve me of my unacceptable behaviour when I disappeared."
He added: "As I look back at my attitude, I am disgusted and deeply ashamed of the way I acted. I am truly sorry. I know I must continue to reflect, learn, and work to grow in empathy."
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