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L.A. County prosecutors won't charge actor Ed Westwick over assault allegations

L.A. County prosecutors won't charge actor Ed Westwick over assault allegations
Ed Westwick arrives at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 6, 2016. (Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP Photo)

Los Angeles County prosecutors said they will not file criminal charges against "Gossip Girl" actor Ed Westwick, who was accused of sexual assault by three women.

One of the women, actress Kristina Cohen, described her allegations in a post on Facebook, claiming the British actor raped her at a West Los Angeles home while she was trying to sleep in a guest bedroom. Westwick adamantly denied Cohen’s allegations.

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On Friday, Blair Berk, Westwick’s attorney, said her client had been vindicated.

“The evidence demonstrated from the start that each of the allegations made by the three women would be proven untrue,” she said in a statement. “It is a shame there are those who so publicly prejudged this case and that it took this long for Ed to be fully cleared.

“I hope that those who made such quick judgment here not knowing anything about the abundant evidence of innocence in this case will hesitate next time before they so swiftly condemn before investigating the truth.”

Prosecutors said they declined to charge Westwick in two of the investigations because of insufficient evidence and declined in the third case because the woman stopped cooperating with Los Angeles police detectives.

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