Riverdale: Camila Mendes says sexual assault accusations against co-stars 'damage MeToo movement'

Actor Cole Sprouse said the claims were part of ‘a series of incidents seeking to baselessly cancel my castmates and me’

Roisin O'Connor
Wednesday 24 June 2020 07:07 BST
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Riverdale actor Camila Mendes has defended three of her co-stars after they were accused of sexual assault.

Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse and KJ Apa have all faced sexual assault allegations from anonymous people on social media in the past week.

One woman named only as Victoria claimed on Twitter that Sprouse “became aggressive” in his room after a party at his NYU dorm.

Another woman alleged that Reinhart had groped her while taking a fan photo together.

Reinhart, 23, tweeted in response to the allegation against her: “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.”

“Someone saying to me that somebody would do such a thing to prove a point? It seems so trivial,” Mendes said on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show.

“You really went to that extent? To damage not only the integrity of the #MeToo movement, but to potentially damage the careers of these people and their lives? To do that in order to make a point about how easily people believe things, it’s so backwards to me.”

Sprouse recently tweeted to state the cast and their teams are investigating the source of the claims.

He commented: “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.”

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