Gracie Cox (Kevin Connolly Sexual Assault) Wiki – Gracie Cox (Kevin Connolly Sexual Assault) Biography
Gracie Cox, a costume designer from South Carolina, has publicly come forward with a sexual assault allegation against actor and director Kevin Connolly.
He explained to Daily Beast in 2005 that he worked with Connolly in The Gardener of Eden. It was his first directing experiment, and Cox was hired as an assistant designer. Cox said that Connolly often flirts with him on set.
After filming was over, the cast and crew were celebrated with a party in a hall in downtown Manhattan. Cox claimed that Connolly pulled aside, took him to an empty room, and raped her without using a condom. Connolly insisted that the action was compromised. His lawyer, Marty Singer, told the Daily Beast that the actor “categorically denied any allegation that the attack had happened.”
Gracie Cox Sexually Assaulted
Cox explained to the Daily Beast that Connolly showed interest in her while they were working on The Gardener of Eden. She said the attention surprised her because Connolly had a girlfriend at the time. Connolly dated heiress Nicky Hilton for two years before splitting in late 2006, People reported.
Cox told the website that she “didn’t take it too seriously” when Connolly flirted with her and that she tolerated it because he was her boss. “There was nothing that made me fearful though, it just made me a little uncomfortable.”
Cox recalled that on the movie’s set “Kevin was friendly and mildly flirtatious, but I just laughed it off and didn’t take it too seriously.” She added, “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.”
At the wrap party in December 2005, Cox, who was then 29, said “I’d been there for more than an hour or so when Kevin approached me and asked if I’d go with him for a smoke. … 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 this little side [booths], and pulled down my pants” and had sex with her.
“There was not really a chance in my mind to object or resist,” she said. “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.”