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Cole Sprouse Defends Himself, 'Riverdale' Co-Stars Against 'False' Claims of Sexual Assault

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By Chris Barilla

A few of the castmates of the hit television show 'Riverdale' are the latest in a string of celebrities to be called out for allegedly sexually assaulting someone in the past.`Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Vanessa Morgan, KJ Apa, and Apa's bandmate were all accused of sexual abuse by anonymous accounts on Twitter all within a short span of time from one another. On Sunday morning, the accounts all tweeted their claims about the group of stars and their alleged wrongdoings.

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"I want to tell about my sexual abuse by cole sprouse. It was at a party in 2013 when cole was at nyu," the user began in their detailing of the alleged encounter.

"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," the user went on to detail.

Cole Sprouse photographed candidly
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Later that same day, Sprouse took to social media himself to denounce the claims about him and his castmates and attempt to offer fans some clarity on the subject.

"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," he wrote to fans in a series of posts regarding the extremely touchy situation.

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"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," he continued to write of the "false" claims against him and his castmates, coming about at a time when many of their peers are being called out online for very similar circumstances.

Cole Sprouse poses for photographers
Cole Sprouse / Instagram

Other notable 'Riverdale' star Madelaine Petsch, a survivor of sexual assault herself, penned a touching message of solidarity to her co-stars, expressing that she does not believe they've actually committed any wrongdoings in that regard.

"As someone who has been sexually assaulted, I am deeply 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," she wrote.

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