The BBC has given in to mounting pressure and pulled an Agatha Christie drama from the Christmas schedule after one of its stars was accused of rape and sexual assault.
Ordeal By Innocence was due to air on Boxing Day with Ed Westwick in one of the lead roles but the BBC announced on Friday that the transmission would be postponed while Westwick is under investigation.
Two women have accused the British actor of attacking them at his US home in 2014. He denies the claims.
In a statement, the BBC said: “These are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied. The BBC is not making any judgment but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal by Innocence in the schedules,” the statement said.
Rape in an important and serious crime. Allegations of it must indeed be investigated. Any employer is at liberty – or at least should be – to not hire someone being so investigated, as should be true of any other reason they desire to hire or not. No, due process doesn’t count on who gets hired, it’s up to the employer.
But the use or not use of something that has already been made as a result of a rape allegation? Even a conviction that would be ridiculous. Should we not listen to Chuck Berry because of that Mann Act conviction? Should we not eat the bread made by the baker being dragged away in chains?
Seriously, the drama’s been made, the millions spent, he’ll not gain anything from it being shown as he’s also already been paid. We’re rather obviously over the hill and into the hysteria stage, aren’t we?