Actor Ed Westwick lost his role on “Ordeal by Innocence” to the sexual assault claims linked to him. The part went to Christian Cooke.
The filming for the Agatha Christie novel adaptation “Ordeal by Innocence” had already started when Westwick, who was playing Mickey Argyll, was faced with sexual assault accusations coming from three women.
In early November, actress Kristina Cohen posted a lengthy and detailed message on Facebook regarding her sexual assault story, which revolved around Ed Westwick.
“I was sexually assaulted three years ago. It was a dark time in my life”, she began her story. “I was briefly dating a producer who was friends with the actor Ed Westwick. It was this producer who brought me up to Ed’s house where I met Ed for the first time.” She continued with a story happening that evening, in the guest room, where she went to take a nap.
You can read her full post here.
30-year-old Westwick was quick to reply to her story, posting on Twitter that he had never met Cohen.
Following her story, the LAPD opened an investigation on the case. Since then, two other women have come forward with similar assault stories regarding the actor.
As a result, BBC halted production on the mini-series and delayed the premiere to next year. The company is re-shooting all the scenes in which Westwick appeared. He is being replaced by 30-year-old actor Christian Cook.
The filming for yet another drama casting Westwick, set to air on BBC, has been halted around the same time. “White Gold” has Westwick as the main star, alongside, James Buckley and Joe Thomas.
Westwick has joined the ranks of actors and producers who have been accused by multiple women of one form or another of sexual misconduct in the past four months. It all started in early October 2017 with Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein, but continued with a large list of names among which Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Albert Schultz, Nick Carter, Danny Masterson, Russell Simmons and others.