“[These celebs have] millions of followers who are unwilling to believe the bad things, and what they’re preying on is people’s ignorance about sexual assault,” Veronique Valliere, PsyD, a psychologist who counsels sexual assault perpetrators and victims, tells Refinery29. “They try the case in the public eye with the limited evidence and arguments that they choose to present,” Valliere explains. The top comment on Elgort’s post reads, “Ansel would never ever hurt a girl. I’d put my kidneys against her word.” His accuser appears to have deleted her Twitter account, possibly in part due to backlash from his fans.
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