Ed Westwick Removed From TV Drama Over Assault Allegations

5 January 2018, 10:23

Ed Westwick, 'Ordeal By Innocence'
Ed Westwick, 'Ordeal By Innocence'. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, BBC

By James Wilson-Taylor

The actor was accused of sexual assualt by three women in late 2017 and will no longer appear in the BBC series.

Actor Ed Westwick has been removed from the cast of a BBC Drama series after being accused by multiple women of sexual assault.

THR reports that Westwick's role in Ordeal By Innocence will now be taken by Christian Cooke. Production on the Agatha Christie adaptation had already wrapped last year and was originally meant to air over the Christmas period. Reshoots will take place in Scotland later this month with all cast members, including Bill Nighy, Alice Eve, Matthew Goode and Luke Treadaway, set to join Cooke on set.

Three women accused Westwick of rape or assault in late 2017. Actress Kristina Cohen first brought the allegations to light in a Facebook post last November, accusing Westwick of raping her in the guest room of his California home. Her case is now being investigated by the LAPD.

Westwick has denied all allegations, writing on social media at the time "I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape."