Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart Deny Sexual Assault Allegations Made Against Them & Fellow 'Riverdale' Castmates
On Sunday in the US, newly-created Twitter accounts had accused Cole, Lili and Riverdale co-stars Vanessa Morgan and KJ Apa of sexual assault and harassment. Below is the accusation made specifically against Cole Sprouse that began circulating on Twitter soon after it was posted.
I want to tell about my sexual abuse by cole sprouse. It was at a party in 2013 when cole was at nyu. I was invited to one of his parties by a mutual friend, he came up during the party and started flirting with me and obviously I was flattered, we talked for quite a while,
— Victoria (@Victori66680029) June 21, 2020
“Earlier today myself and three other cast mates were falsely accused of sexual offense by anonymous accounts on twitter,” Cole wrote in response. “I take these accusations very seriously, and will be working with the right teams to get to the root of it.”
Earlier today myself and three other cast mates were falsely accused of sexual offense by anonymous accounts on twitter. I take these accusations very seriously, and will be working with the right teams to get to the root of it. (1)
— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) June 22, 2020
He went on to say he would never seek to silence anyone, but that he would encourage people to look into the accusations themselves to see that the events detailed were in fact “factually untrue”.
“This seems to be the latest claim in a series of incidents seeking to baselessly cancel my cast mates and me.”
Lili then retweeted her ex’s statement, adding, “I have always taken sexual assault allegations seriously."
“But it was proven that this account was created specifically to create false stories about me and my cast. I can’t think of anything more twisted than lying about sexual assault.”
I have always taken sexual assault allegations seriously. But it was proven that this account was created specifically to create false stories about me and my cast. I can’t think of something more twisted than lying about sexual assault. It invalidates the men and women who are- https://t.co/qcZMXYPNLQ
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) June 22, 2020
In three more tweets, she explained that the cast was looking at taking legal action and that the experience was “incredibly triggering” for her because she’d “always supported survivors and believed them”.
“I hope and pray that this does not discourage real survivors from speaking out about their experiences.”
It’s been an unsettling 48 hours, with news breaking over the weekend that actor Ansel Egort had been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 2014. (He has since denied these allegations). Shortly after, that Justin Bieber was also accused of sexual assault on two separate occasions – he has also denied these claims.
If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia (1800 respect) or Lifeline Australia (13 11 14).
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