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‘Gossip Girl’ star Ed Westwick will not face rape charges

Former “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick will not be prosecuted for rape because of “insufficient evidence”.

(Reuters)

Los Angeles County prosecutors have decided not to file rape against actor Ed Westwick, citing insufficient evidence.

Westwick, best known for his role in “Gossip Girl”, was accused in November of raping two women and sexually assaulting a third in 2014. Actress Kristina Cohen made the first statement in a post on Facebook, writing that Westwick held her down and raped her in his house in the West of LA. Two women came forward with their own accounts, actress Aurelie Wynn and Rachel Eck.

In a memo on Friday, the public prosecutor said that they do not have enough evidence to pursue the charges. According to the memo, two of the women provided witnesses to help confirm their accounts, including some that were outside the room where the alleged incident took place.

“Those witnesses were not able to provide information that would allow the prosecution to show the incident beyond a reasonable doubt,” prosecutors wrote. “Persecution on those two incidents was denied due to lack of evidence.”

The third victim, who is not identified in the memo, did not respond to questions from the District Attorney’s office. The agency refused to file charges in that case, the result of the victim is not available.

The memo also states that some additional women that accusations of inappropriate touching, but that the incidents were beyond the statute of limitations.

Westwick has vehemently denied the accusations against him, calling them “provably false.” The actor was to appear in a BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Ordeal by Innocence,” but the part was revised after the allegations broke.

This story originally appeared in Variety.

 

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