Ed Westwick Replaced in British TV Series Due to Rape Allegations
Ed Westwick is out of work. The 30-year-old has officially been replaced by actor Christian Cooke as Mickey Argyll in a 3-part BBC series, Ordeal By Innocence, after he was accused of raping two women and sexually assaulting a third. BBC announced that they would be halting production on the Agatha Christie special until matter with the Gossip Girl alum were resolved.
The statement read, “These are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied. The BBC is not making any judgement but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal by Innocence in the schedules. The independent production company making White Gold has informed us that Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations.”
Ordeal By Innocence was supposed to air as one of BBC’s holiday specials, but now will be pushed back to an unknown date so that Christian can reshoot the scenes Ed already filmed.
Back in early November, the British actor was accused of raping actress Kristina Cohen in his home three years ago. Then, a few days later, Aurélie Wynn said she “went through a very similar ordeal” with him in July 2014. Lastly, Rachel Eck claimed he “aggressively groped [her]” the night before the Academy Awards in 2014.
Ed vehemently denied both actress’ rape claims stating, “It’s disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct. I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”
— Ed Westwick (@EdWestwick) November 9, 2017
The actor has not been active on social media since he posted the statement in November and hasn’t commented on the recasting.