BBC cans Agatha Christie drama after Ed Westwick rape allegations

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The BBC says it is pulling a new Agatha Christie adaptation from its television schedule because of sexual assault allegations against actor Ed Westwick.

It is not the first time a broadcaster has considered altering a scheduled programme after an allegation against one of the cast has come to light.

"Ordeal By Innocence" was due to form part of BBC One's Christmas programming but in a statement issued on Friday (10 November) morning, a spokesperson explained that it will not air "until these matters are resolved". Filming on season 2 of White Gold, which began last month, has also been halted. "The independent production company making "White Gold" has informed us that Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations", said the BBC in a statement.

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Westwick has denied the allegation.

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Cohen alleged that she had gone over to Westwick's home with her then-boyfriend, a "producer who was friends" with Westwick.

Cohen claimed Westwick raped her in February 2014 while Wynn accused him of raping her in July 2014.

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

"And like Kristina, I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight. The house is so big I took a video of my experience getting out of the house since it's literally a maze". I couldn't speak, I could no longer move.

Production on Ed Westwick's popular comedy series White Gold has been temporarily paused, as recent allegations of sexual assault against the former Gossip Girl star are investigated. "I have never forced myself in any manner, on any women. I certainly have never committed rape", he said.

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