Cole Sprouse Claims The Sexual Assault Allegations Against Several “Riverdale” Cast Members Were Made Up

June 22, 2020 / Posted by:

Usually, when Cole Sprouse’s name is trending on Twitter, it’s either because his on-again/off-again relationship with Lili Reinhart is back on-again/off-again, or a particularly funny clip from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody went viral. Over the weekend, Cole’s name was trending, but not in the way he’d want to see it. A Twitter user had accused Cole of sexual assault after allegedly meeting him at a party back in 2013, when he was attending NYU. Not long after, several of Cole’s Riverdale fellow cast members also got dragged into allegations of sexual misconduct on Twitter. It looked like Twitter users sharing alleged stories, but Cole says all that Twitter activity is nothing but lies.

The following Twitter user, only known as Victoria, alleged yesterday that 27-year-old Cole met her at a party in 2013 (he would have been about 20), and assaulted her in his room. Cole plays Jughead on Riverdale.

Then another user, known only as Tasha, claimed that Lili Reinhart – who plays Betty on Riverdale – sexually assaulted her after asking Lili for a photograph. Another user named Alison accused KP ApaRiverdale’s Archie – of sexually assaulting her in January 2019. Vanessa Morgan, Riverdale’s Toni Topaz (and the cast’s most underpaid star), was also dragged into a sexual assault allegation.

BuzzFeed points out that one Twitter user did some digging, and discovered some suspicious similarities between the allegations. For one, all the users were new. Then, their user names all began with a woman’s name and were followed by a random series of numbers. And here’s where the sleuthing gets very Riverdale. Said Twitter user, who is clearly a big fan of both Cole and Camila Cabello, claimed that they believed the tweets all came from the same person and that their IP address showed that person lived in Kansas.

Cole was the first to respond to the allegations and subsequent social media investigation, saying that there was no way that was him. He also called the allegations against himself, as well as those against Lily, KJ, and Vanessa, false.

Us Weekly says that Lili then joined in to defend herself against the allegations, saying that she takes sexual assault allegations very seriously:

According to the Twitter user who grabbed all that evidence, the account that made the accusation against Lili allegedly came clean on Twitter, saying that they made it all up to prove that people will believe any allegation they read online. A choice that was possibly made in response to Ansel Elgort being accused of sexual assault by an Instagram user, who was a minor at the time (an allegation which he denies). Last week also saw comedian Chris D’Elia staring down a whole ton of allegations of grooming underage girls on Twitter. Did Victoria/Tasha/Alison really think they were doing something to prove people’s biases or ability to believe a story without thinking critically or something? Because lying about sexual assault multiple times on a public platform is very much WRONG. Has John Quiñones not taught us anything? You can trick people to prove a point, but you gotta keep it legal.

Two things: One, deliberately false allegations made simply to push a false narrative that victims are just out for fame or attention fucks things up for people who actually want to report sexual assault. And two, The CW needs to hire that investigative Twitter user to write for the show, effective immediately. Because that juicy Twitter detective work was the most on-brand drama that Riverdale has seen in at least two seasons.


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