Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart spoke out after they and other castmates from the CW present “Riverdale” had been accused of sexual assault or harassment from nameless Twitter accounts on Sunday; allegations they deny.
On Sunday, Sprouse, 27, addressed the allegations, stating on Twitter: “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.”
The “Suite Life of Zack & Cody” actor continued: “False accusations do tremendous damage to victims of actual assault. Furthermore, I would never seek to silence anybody. I encourage that people look into the accusations themselves, as the events detailed were factually untrue.”
“This seems to be the latest claim in a series of incidents seeking to baselessly cancel my cast mates and me,” Sprouse ended his message.
Reinhart, 23, retweeted Sprouse’s tweets and added: “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.”
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She continued: “I can’t think of something more twisted than lying about sexual assault. It invalidates the men and women who are brave enough to come forward with the truth. This kind of lie can ruin lives and careers and I can call it a lie because the person who made the allegations already admitted that the stories were fabricated.”
Reinhart additionally mentioned they’re “looking into taking legal action” and known as the claims “triggering” and dangerous for survivors of sexual assault. “I hope and pray that this doesn’t discourage actual survivors from talking out about their experiences,” she concluded.
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Earlier on Sunday, a Twitter account, which has since been deleted, accused Sprouse of assaulting her at an NYU occasion in 2013. In keeping with Us Weekly, “Riverdale” stars Vanessa Morgan and KJ Apa had been additionally accused of sexual misconduct allegations on other nameless Twitter pages.
Morgan retweeted Sprouse’s thread however has not but publicly commented. Apa has not made any feedback concerning the accusations both.
“Riverdale” castmate Madelaine Petsch additionally spoke out concerning the claims against her co-stars, stating on her Instagram Story (through E! News): “Today it was brought to my attention that four of my castmates were falsely accused of sexual assault and I’m really unsure as to why anyone would ever think that that’s an ok thing to do.”
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She also tweeted: “As somebody who has been sexually assaulted, I’m deeply deeply disturbed that anybody thinks that it’s okay to falsely accuse somebody of sexual assault. That is why actual assault allegations can generally not be taken significantly, you need to be ashamed. That is disgusting.”
On Sunday, a Twitter account posted a thread of screenshots of the accusations, and in one of many screenshotted tweets, an accuser alluded to creating false claims. They wrote, “See how straightforward it’s to lie and also you guys will imagine it?”
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The sexual assault allegations against the “Riverdale” stars occurred in the identical week Justin Bieber and Ansel Elgort had been accused of comparable accounts on Twitter. Elgort denied the accusations and mentioned, “I had a brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship.” For Bieber’s half, he additionally denied the accusations and mentioned, “there is no truth to this story.”
If you happen to or somebody you already know is affected by abuse, please contact the Nationwide Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.