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Ansel Elgort has debuted his newly-shaved head while resurfacing on Instagram – a year after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old.
The snap was shared by one of the Baby Driver star’s friends on the social media site, and showed the 27-year-old with a completely shaved buzzcut ‘do. Instagram gossip page @DeuxMoi then posted the image, alongside a report that the screen star is working on a new show for HBO Max.
The picture is the first time Elgort has appeared on social media since the scandal last year, which saw him accused of sexual assault. A Twitter user named Gabby claimed she was left “sobbing in pain” during the alleged assault, and insisted: “He made me think this is how sex was supposed to be… I WASNT there in that moment mentally (sic). I disassociated myself and just felt like my mind was gone I was in shock I couldn’t leave.”
She explained she was coming forward so she can “finally heal”, adding her alleged encounter with the actor left her suffering “panic attacks” that forced her to seek out therapy.
However, in a social media post of his own, Elgort confirmed the encounter happened, but insisted that their relationship was “legal and entirely consensual”.
“I cannot claim to understand Gabby’s feelings but her description of events is simply not what happened,” he wrote. “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,” he continued, suggesting that a messy breakup was to blame for Gabby’s ill-feelings.
“Unfortunately, I did not handle the breakup well,” Ansel explained. “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.
“As I look back on my attitude, I am disgusted and deeply ashamed of the way I acted,” he admitted. “I am truly sorry.”
The star also expressed the need for him to “reflect” and “grow in empathy”, following the allegations.