Ed Westwick Was Officially Dropped from His TV Show Following Rape Allegations
Following people such as Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. getting fired from projects due to alleged sexual misconduct, Ed Westwick joins the list of people on Hollywood's blacklist after multiple women came forward claiming Ed had raped them. The former Gossip Girl star has officially been dropped from the BBC’s Agatha Christie drama Ordeal By Innocence According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor's scenes in the production, which had already wrapped filming and had been scheduled to air in December, will now be reshot later this month with another actor.
So, who will replace him? Britsh actor Christian Cooke, who has starred in TV series Doctor Who and the film Love, Rosie, has been brought into play the part of Mickey Argyll when filming restarts.
The BBC series also stars Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, Matthew Goode, Eleanor Tomlinson, Anthony Boyle, Luke Treadaway, Morven Christie, Crystal Clarke, and other actors who will likely need will join Christian on location in Scotland to reshoot their scenes, too.
Ordeal By Innocence followed in the same footsteps as All the Money, who dropped Kevin Spacy following multiple sexual assault allegations being made against the actor. Christoper Plummer was his replacement.
Netflix followed suit by firing Kevin from House of Cards, as well. The show will resume production of its finale season with Robin Wright as their lead.
When the accusations against Ed came to light in November 2017, the BBC released a statement that made it clear that they took the allegations of rape and sexual assault very seriously.
“These are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied,” the statement read. “The BBC is not making any judgment but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal by Innocence in the schedules. The independent production company making White Gold [Ed's BBC Two comedy series] has informed us that Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations.”
Three women, actors Aurélie Wynn and Kristin Cohen and creative producer Rachel Eck, made separate sexual assault allegations against Ed in November amid the #MeToo movement, though Kristin and Rachel both say the same producer facilitated their meetings with Ed. He strongly denied the allegations, however, Los Angeles Police Department revealed they would be investigating.
In a detailed Facebook post, Kristin accused the actor of raping her three years ago when a producer she was dating at the time allegedly brought her to Ed's house. She said she wanted to leave, but when Ed suggested they “should all f**k,” the producer didn’t want to make Ed feel awkward. She revealed that after her boyfriend convinced her to take a nap, she woke up to find Ed “on top” of her.
Aurélie made similar accusations, saying Ed sexually assaulted her in July 2014 at a vacation home he was renting. She claims he forced himself on her after she specifically told him no.
Rachel told Buzzfeed, “[Ed Westwick] pulled me onto the bed and aggressively groped me. I shoved him off as quickly as I could and left.”
Following the second allegation, Ed released a statement claiming he's innocent.
He's since been silent on social media. As new allegations of sexual assault come to light, we expect studios and networks to react the same way BBC has – that there is zero tolerance for rape and sexual abuse in the industry.