Riverdale star KJ Apa appeared carefree as he joked with a pal on Saturday after being ‘falsely accused of sexual assault alongside three Riverdale co-stars’.
The actor, 23, was seen smiling as the pair pulled up to the road and laughed with each other outside a restaurant in Silverlake, California.
Earlier this week, the New Zealand native, along with Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart and Vanessa Morgan, was named in tweets from anonymous Twitter accounts alleging sexual assault.
Relaxed: KJ Appa, 23, appeared reckless as he joked with a boyfriend in California on Saturday, after being ‘falsely accused of sexual assault alongside three Riverdale co-stars’
Since then, co-stars Madelaine Petsch and Camila Mendes have spoken out and defended their castmates against the charges.
In photos taken on Saturday, KJ looked relaxed as he laughed with his friend.
The star donned an oversized white t-shirt and baggy black pants for the outing and completed the ensemble with a pair of Nike sneakers.
KJ also sported a more rugged look than usual, swapping his shaved face for a messy beard and hair.
Smiles: The Riverdale actor smiled as his boyfriend followed him down the road on their outing
Casual: KJ donned a white t-shirt and baggy pants, which he teamed with white sneakers
Riverdale actors Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Vanessa Morgan and KJ Apa were accused of sexual misconduct Monday by several anonymous Twitter accounts and all four vehemently denied the allegations they called “ false. ”
Cole opened up about the allegations in a series of tweets hours later, with him and Lili investigating a lawsuit.
The actor, 27, wrote: ‘Earlier today, three other castmates were falsely accused of sex offenses by anonymous accounts on Twitter. I take these accusations very seriously and will work with the right teams to resolve them. ”
Cole continued, “ False accusations do enormous damage to victims of actual assault. Besides, I would never shut up anyone. I encourage people to look into the accusations themselves, as the events detailed were factually false.
Having fun: The New Zealand native was seen leaning on his boyfriend as they both laughed
Lili, who was charged on another anonymous account, quotes her tweet a few minutes later and added her statement: ‘I have always taken allegations of sexual assault seriously. But this account has been proven to be specifically for creating fake stories about me and my cast.
She said: ‘I can’t think of anything more twisted than lying about a sexual assault. It invalidates men and women who are brave enough to speak the truth. This kind of lie can ruin lives and careers – and I can call it a lie because the person who made the allegations has already admitted that the stories were fabricated.
She wrote: ‘We are considering taking legal action. This kind of sick behavior only hurts the real survivors. It was incredibly triggering for me and scary because I have always supported the survivors and believed them.
Denial: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart denied sexual assault allegations made against them and their Riverdale co-stars Vanessa Morgan and KJ Apa by several anonymous Twitter users on Sunday
His statement: Cole took to Twitter on Sunday to deny the charges against him and his three other castmates
Lili, 23, concluded: ‘I hope and pray that this does not discourage true survivors from talking about their experiences. ”
The charges against Cole came from an anonymous account with the handle @ Victori6680029; The user alleged sexual misconduct by Cole at a party in 2013 at New York University.
The charges against Lili, Vanessa, and KJ sprang from other anonymous Twitter accounts, with one of those accounts later tweeting: ‘Do you see how easy it is to lie and you believe it? Vanessa Morgan and Kj Apa didn’t ** t take. You’ll believe anything, ‘via Us weekly.
Her statement: Lili quoted her tweet a few minutes later and added her statement
Speaking: Riverdale co-star Madelaine Petsch has come to their defense
Riverdale co-star Madelaine Petsch came to their defense and tweeted: ‘As someone who has been sexually assaulted, I am deeply disturbed that anyone who thinks it is okay to wrongly accuse someone one of sexual assault.
‘This is why real assault allegations sometimes cannot be taken seriously, you should be ashamed of yourself. It’s disgusting.’
While Camila Mendes also spoke out against the allegations, saying it was ‘disgusting’ and ‘incredibly destructive to falsely accuse people of sexual assault’.
Actors: Cole opened up about the allegations in a series of tweets hours shortly after the accusations, with him and Lili investigating a lawsuit; photo (left to right): Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Luke Perry, Camilla Mendes, KJ Apa, Madelaine Petsch and Ashleigh Murray in 2016