Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart Deny Sexual Assault Allegations Made Against 'Riverdale' Cast

Chelsey Sanchez
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/Fox - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/Fox - Getty Images

From Seventeen

  • Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart have spoken out against sexual assault claims made against them and other Riverdale costars by users of anonymous Twitter accounts over the weekend.

  • One of the anonymous Twitter users alleged that Sprouse assaulted them during a 2013 NYU party; other accounts accused Reinhart and costars Vanessa Morgan and KJ Apa of sexual assault.

  • Sprouse responded saying that the claims were "factually untrue."

Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart have denied sexual assault allegations made against them and fellow Riverdale costars by users of anonymous Twitter accounts over the weekend.

Twitter user @Victori66680029 wrote the following in a series of tweets on Sunday.

"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, we then started making out and he invited me to his room. I went but was a little tipsy having had like 3 drinks. Once we got to his room he became aggressive and shoved me against the bed, I pushed back against him but he didn't budge and I was drunk and he is bigger. He then pushed me on the bed and put his hands under my shirt and started fondling my breasts I told him multiple times to stop, he wouldn't listen. By then I'm in tears and gagging from the alcohol smell on his breath. With me still saying no he proceeds to undo my pants. After he was done he told me to leave. I left and went home sobbing and took a shower for a while. I never told anyone because who would believe me over a rich Disney star. #colesprouse #tellingmystory exposing."

Sprouse responded via Twitter, writing, "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. 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."

Reinhart quoted Sprouse's tweet, adding onto it with, "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 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."

In a subsequent tweet, she added that they would be taking "legal action."

Another anonymous account that originally leveled sexual assault allegations against Reinhart later tweeted, "Do you see how easy it is to lie and you guys will believe it? Vanessa Morgan and Kj Apa didn't do jack shit. You will believe anything."

The accusations come two days after another person accused Ansel Elgort of sexually assaulting her when she was 17 years old in 2014. In a now-deleted tweet, a woman named Gabby wrote that Elgort, "instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time," forced himself on her and "made me think this is how sex was supposed to be,” per Us Weekly. She added that she felt pressured to not tell anyone about the incident at the time "because he said it could 'ruin his career.'"

Elgort has since responded in a statement posted to his Instagram, writing, "I cannot claim to understand Gabby's feelings but her description of events is simply not what happened. I have never and would never assault anyone. What is true is that in New York in 2014, when I was 20, Gabby and I had a brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship. Unfortunately, I did not handle the breakup well."

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