Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart have denied sexual allegations levelled against them and two of their Riverdale co-stars by several Twitter users.
On Monday, the actor spoke out against the allegations on social media after the accusations came to light, stating that he and his ex-girlfriend Reinhart were seeking legal action. Riverdale actors Vanessa Morgan and KJ Apa have also been accused of sexual misconduct.
‘Earlier today myself and three other cast mates were falsely accused of sexual offense by anonymous accounts on twitter [sic],’ Sprouse wrote on Twitter on Monday. ‘I take these accusations very seriously, and will be working with the right teams to get to the root of it.’
He continued, explaining that ‘false accusations do tremendous damage to victims of actual assault.’
‘Furthermore, I would never 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 cast mates and me.’
Reinhart later quoted her ex’s tweets, adding her own statement on Twitter which reads: ‘I have always taken sexual assault allegations seriously. But it was proven that this account was 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 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.’
The 23-year-old actress added that the allegations have been ‘incredibly triggering’ and ‘scary’, noting: ‘I’ve always supported survivors and believed them.
‘I hope and pray that this does not discourage real survivors from speaking out about their experiences.’
The accusations against Cole come from an anonymous Twitter account with the handle @Victori6680029. The user alleges that Cole sexually assaulted them at a party in 2013 at New York University.
Several other anonymous Twitter accounts have accused Reinhart, Morgan and Apa of sexual misconduct.
Speaking out in defence of her co-stars, Riverdale actress Madelaine Petsch tweeted: ‘As someone who has been sexually assaulted, I am deeply disturbed that anyone thinks that it is okay to falsely accuse someone of sexual assault. This is why real assault allegations can sometimes not be taken seriously, you should be ashamed. This is disgusting.’
Petsch also took to her Instagram Stories to speak about the allegations, describing them as a ‘very serious thing’.
Actress Camila Mendes has also shown her support for the accused co-stars on her Instagram Stories, writing: ‘It’s incredibly destructive to falsely accuse people of sexual assault.’