In a statement posted on Instagram, Elgort denied the charges. “I can’t claim to understand Gabby’s feelings, but her description of events just isn’t what happened,” he wrote. “I have never assaulted 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 didn’t handle the breakup well. “
The West Side Story star wrote that he “has stopped answering her, which is an immature and cruel thing to do to someone”, and that “this belated apology does not absolve me of my unacceptable behavior when I disappeared” .
“When I think back on my attitude, I am disgusted and deeply ashamed of the way I have acted,” he concluded. “I’m so sorry. I know I have to keep thinking, learning and working to develop my empathy.”