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BBC drops Agatha Christie drama starring Ed Westwick as police investigate rape allegation

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 10/11/2017 By Anita Singh, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Ed Westwick posing for the camera © Provided by The Telegraph

The BBC has pulled its Agatha Christie drama from the Christmas schedule after one of its stars, Ed Westwick, was accused of rape.

Ordeal by Innocence was due to begin on Boxing Day, but the BBC said in a statement that it would not be shown while Westwick was under investigation by police in Los Angeles.

“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,” the statement said.

In addition, Westwick is no longer filming the BBC Two series, White Gold. He was spotted shooting scenes for a new series last week, but the BBC said: “The independent production company making White Gold has informed us that Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations.”

Filming will continue without him.

Police in the US are investigating a claim by an actress who says Westwick raped her at his home in 2014. A second actress came forward this week to allege sexual assault.

The actor has denied both claims, describing them as "provably untrue".

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