Producers decided to remove Ed Westwick from BBC’s Agatha Christie special, Ordeal By Innocence, following the allegations of sexual assault and rape. However, fortunately for the company, they found a replacement, Christian Cooke.
After the accusations of misconduct, the BBC had no choice but to distance themselves from Ed, and the network said to Variety that the TV drama wouldn’t air during Christmas.
However, like Christopher Plummer replacing Kevin Spacey in All The Money In The World, the frames featuring Westwick in the BBC series will be re-shot with Cooke as the character, Mickey Argyll.
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Previously, in a statement to Variety, BBC said they wouldn’t “make a judgment” until the matters had been fully resolved. The series, White Gold – in which Ed starred, was also canceled.
In case you haven’t followed the story, Kristina Cohen was one of the first women to accuse Ed of egregious misconduct in a Facebook post on the 6th of November.
According to the woman, Ed raped her three years ago and filed a police report against him at the LA Police Department.
In response to the charges, Westwick said the claims were demonstrably false, and he had never laid a hand on a woman or forced himself on one either.
Another girl, Wynn, claims that Ed ripped a tiny bathing suit off of her and she was “in complete shock” as he allegedly raped her.
In response, Westwick said that it was “disheartening” to see that someone would accuse him of such crimes considering they are entirely untrue.
To demonstrate his innocence, he intended to cooperate with authorities to the best of his ability. Furthermore, another woman, Rachel Eck, said in a BuzzFeed story that Ed tried to come on to her the night before the Academy Awards back in 2014. Rachel claimed that Ed repeatedly tried to proposition her, despite that not being a crime.