1:10am PT by Alex Ritman
Ed Westwick's Role Recast in BBC's Agatha Christie Drama 'Ordeal By Innocence'
Ed Westwick has been dropped from the BBC's Agatha Christie drama Ordeal By Innocence, which had already been shot and was originally due to air over Christmas.
The actor — who has three separate sexual assault allegations made against him — is being replaced by Christian Cooke (The Promise, Cemetary Junction), with scenes to be reshot later this month.
The news was announced on Friday by co-producers Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited, adding that a new transmission date would be announced in due course.
Ordeal By Innocence also stars Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, Matthew Goode, Eleanor Tomlinson, Anthony Boyle, Luke Treadaway, Morven Christie, Crystal Clarke, Ella Purnell and Alice Eve, who will join Cooke on location in Scotland.
Three women came forward in late 2017 accusing Westwick — who rose to fame in Gossip Girl — of assault, two claiming he raped them. The LAPD was reportedly investigating one of the rape allegations made by actress Kristina Cohen, who claimed that she was attacked in Westwick's Hollywood Hills home three years earlier.
Westwick denied the rape allegations.
"I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape," he said of Cohen's claim.