The BBC has announced that it has pulled an upcoming Agatha Christie drama that actor Ed Westwick is starring in from its schedules.

The former Gossip Girl actor has been accused of rape by Kristina Cohen and Aurélie Wynne, something that Ed vehemently denies.

30-year-old Ed was set to star in Ordeal By Innocence as part of their Christmas line-up, but the BBC has made the decision not to broadcast the programme until the case is resolved.

A statement was released by the broadcaster, which read: "These are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied.

"The BBC is not making any judgement but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal By Innocence in the schedules."


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They also added that Ed has "paused from filming" for White Gold following the allegations.

The statement continued: "The independent production company making White Gold has informed us that Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations."


Credit: White Gold/BBC Two

Ed was accused of rape by Kristina Cohen, in a lengthy Facebook post, who alleged that the incident had occurred three years ago in Ed's home.

The actor furiously denied the claims in an Instagram post, which read: "I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape."

Second actress Aurélie Wynn then came forward, and made similar claims in a social media post.

Again, Ed denied all allegations made against him, writing: "It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude that I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct.

"I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible."

The LAPD has confirmed that it is investigating the allegations.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images/White Gold/BBC Two

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