The following article contains allegations of sexual misconduct that some readers may find distressing.
Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick will not be charged in Los Angeles over three sexual assault allegations.
The LA District Attorney's Office said Friday (July 27) that there was "insufficient evidence" to move ahead with prosecuting the 31-year-old British actor, partially because they couldn't get in contact with one accuser (reports BBC News).
A spokesperson for prosecutors confirmed that they did speak with witnesses provided by two other accusers, but that they were unable to "provide information that would enable the prosecution to prove either incident beyond a reasonable doubt", which is the standard for conviction.
Additional groping allegations made against Westwick by other women would also not be investigated further because they fell out of the window for California's statute of limitations, the LA district attorney's office said.
Last November, Westwick denied accusations of historic sexual assault from two different women within a 40 hour period, but has stayed out of the public eye ever since.
"It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct," Westwick wrote in now-deleted tweets at the time.
"I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible."
The controversy led to Westwick's finished performance being deleted from the BBC's Agatha Christie adaptation Ordeal by Innocence, which delayed transmission so any scenes with him could be re-filmed.
Digital Spy has reached out to Ed Westwick's representatives for comment on Friday's decision by the Los Angeles District Attorney.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.