SHAMED BY THE STREET

Sex case star’s hu­mil­i­at­ing exit Cor­rie breaks soap taboo with first male rape

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­COLA METHVEN BY JANINE YAQOOB Act­ing TV Edi­tor

CORO­NA­TION Street is to fea­ture a male rape for the first time.

Bosses have agreed to high­light an is­sue con­sid­ered taboo even by East­End­ers five years ago.

Al­though the at­tack it­self will not FU­RI­OUS Cor­rie bosses have wreaked re­venge on shamed star Bruno Lan­g­ley – by hav­ing him chased out of the soap by po­lice.

The ac­tor, who ad­mit­ted two sex as­saults four days ago, will find his char­ac­ter Todd Grimshaw sent on the run after trou­ble with the law.

His hasty undig­ni­fied exit hints at the anger pro­duc­ers felt to­wards him for drag­ging Cor­rie’s name through the mud. A source said the scenes were filmed as Lan­g­ley, 34, was in court con­fess­ing to grop­ing two women in a Manch­ester club.

He was sus­pended from the soap in Oc­to­ber but will still be seen on the cob­bles un­til New Year.

The source said: “Bosses wanted to draw a line un­der this quickly. He’s been part of the show for 16 years, and his co-stars were shocked by his be­hav­iour.

“They think he’s so stupid and wrecked his ca­reer over some­thing he claims he was too drunk to re­mem­ber.” be shown, Street bad boy David Platt – played by Jack P Shep­herd – will wake to find he was drugged and as­saulted dur­ing a night out.

An in­sider said: “What hap­pened will be im­plied by his re­ac­tion as he deals with the shame and whether Our in­sider re­vealed view­ers will hear Todd has hit a po­lice of­fi­cer after an al­ter­ca­tion over his foster daugh­ter then legged it – with his mum Eileen, played by Sue Cleaver, given the telling line: “He had ev­ery­thing he ever wanted and now he’s lost it all.” Lan­g­ley was or­dered to serve a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der and sign the sex of­fend­ers regis­ter. Manch­ester Mag­is­trates Court heard how he grabbed the fe­male club­bers by the crotch, bot­tom and breasts. He was at Band on the Wall with Cor­rie pals watch­ing former co-star Craig Charles DJ.

His lawyer Si­mon Han­cock said Lan­g­ley, 34 – who split with love Victoria Roscoe ear­lier this year – had an al­co­hol prob­lem. He said: “It was com­pletely out of char­ac­ter.”

District Judge Mark Had­field told Lan­g­ley: “Your con­duct was quite dis­grace­ful and de­grad­ing.” After the case, Lan­g­ley said “I sin­cerely apol­o­gise to the peo­ple in­volved.” to tell po­lice.” His at­tacker is new char­ac­ter Josh – a seem­ingly charm­ing per­sonal trainer.

Around 12,000 men are raped each year and the char­ity Sur­vivors Manch­ester is ad­vis­ing TV ex­ecs.

“This is a big sto­ry­line for Jack

DE­GRAD­ING

and ev­ery­one is de­ter­mined to get it right,” the source added.

Ex-East­End­ers boss Bryan Kirk­wood says he was told “in no un­cer­tain terms” by the BBC that male rape wasn’t suit­able, but later cov­ered it in Chan­nel 4’s Hol­lyoaks.

KICKED OUT His char­ac­ter Todd goes on the run CON­FES­SION Lan­g­ley ad­mit­ted as­saults in court ‘STUPID’ As Todd with Eileen

VIC­TIM David Platt

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.