BBC Pulls Ed Westwick-Starring Mini-series Amid Rape Accusations

BBC Pulls Ed Westwick-Starring Mini-series Amid Rape Accusations

Ordeal by Innocence, the BBC's major Christmas drama this year, will not now be included in the schedules following sexual assault allegations against one of its stars, Ed Westwick.

In a statement to Digital Spy, the BBC indicated that Ordeal by Innocence - which was expected to air over the Christmas period - would be removed from schedules for the time being. The BBC said in a statement that it will hold off on making a scheduling decision for the special until the allegations against Westwick have been resolved. "The BBC is not making any judgement but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal by Innocence in the schedules", it said.

Westwick also has a starring role in the BBC2 drama White Gold, which is now in production for its upcoming second season.

This story is updating.

Westwick continues to categorically deny both claims, issuing a new statement in which he called the accusations against him "provably untrue".

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The actor denied the rape allegations on Twitter Tuesday after actress Kristina Cohen alleged he aassaulted her.

A second woman, former actor Aurélie Wynn, posted on Facebook on Thursday that she was pinned down and raped by Westwick at a home he was renting in Los Angeles in July 2014.

He added that he is cooperating with authorities and expects his name to be cleared.

"I told him to stop, but he was strong", she wrote. I had awful service in the estate without access to the wifi and had to get another friend to get me an Uber out of there while Ed was passed out. She spoke up after reading Cohen's allegations.

Westwick has been accused of raping two women, charges he denies. I couldn't speak, I could no longer move. "I have never forced myself in any manner, on any women".