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Kevin Connolly Accused of Sexual Assault By Former Co-Worker

Kevin Connolly Accused of Sexual Assault By Former Co-Worker

Kevin Connolly has been accused of sexually assaulting a costume designer who he worked with in 2005 on the movie The Gardener of Eden.

Gracie Cox was an assistant costume designer on the movie, which was Kevin‘s directorial debut. She says that he sexually assaulted her in a back room at the film’s wrap party and before that happened, she says he flirted with her on set.

“I was around the set every day. Kevin was friendly and mildly flirtatious but I just laughed it off and didn’t take it too seriously,” Gracie told The Daily Beast. “I wasn’t interested but he was the director, so I was cordial. There was nothing that made me fearful though, it just made me a little uncomfortable, because he was my boss. So not acknowledging the smiles or comments didn’t feel like an option.”

“I was pretty surprised by all of it. He was dating Nicky Hilton and I’m this sort of shy woman who wears vintage clothes,” she said. “I don’t know.”

Gracie then opened up about what happened at the wrap party.

“We were at the party and I don’t think I’d been there for more than an hour or so when Kevin [Connolly] approached me and asked if I’d go with him for a smoke,” Gracie said, adding that she was a bit tipsy at the time. “I didn’t smoke but didn’t want to seem rude. This was the first social setting I’d been in with him, other than being on set. He led me down a hall to what I guess was the VIP lounge area. As soon as we were alone in that area, he started to kiss me. 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.”

“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,” Gracie said. She says that Kevin didn’t wear a condom. After he came, she says, “He took a pillow off of a couch, threw it at me, and told me to ‘clean myself up.’ He then told me that he was going to leave and to wait a few minutes, because he didn’t want anyone to see us together.”

The Daily Beast spoke with several people who backed up Gracie‘s story. Amy Wescott, who was the film’s costume designer, saw her come out of the back room looking disheveled and confronted Kevin in the middle of the party, which several witnesses confirmed.

Click inside to read what Kevin Connolly’s lawyer said in a statement…

Kevin denied the allegations through his lawyer, Marty Singer, and said that the relationship was consensual.

Singer said: “Kevin strongly supports victims of sexual assault and believes their claims should always be heard. As someone who has worked in this industry for four decades, he has treated people with nothing but respect and has maintained a stellar reputation. Therefore, he was completely shocked to learn of the allegations made by Gracie Cox from a wrap party in 2005. The incident with Ms. Cox was consensual, and he categorically denies any claim that it was assault… Kevin completely understands Amy’s displeasure with the consensual act that transpired between Kevin and Gracie 15 years ago, after production had wrapped and they were no longer working together on the movie. Kevin acknowledges the lack of professionalism on his part, but he adamantly denies that it was anything other than a mutual consensual encounter.”

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