Inside Coronation Street’s biggest behind-the-scenes scandals – sex tape, shocking nasty ‘rap rape’ and actress who lied to roles in a bag

The people of Coronation Street have been through a lot of drama, and not all of it has been on screen.

This week, former Corrie star Vicki Entwistle announced plans to write a revealing book about the secrets of soap after becoming frustrated with the acting industry.

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Vicki Entwhistle announces she is leaving cinema
She played Janice in the ITV series.

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She played Janice in the ITV series.1 credit

The actress, best known for her role as the vociferous Janice Battersby, left Corrie in 2010 after a series of rows with producers, and earlier this week said she was quitting acting altogether due to “disrespect” at auditions.

She tweeted, “Thinking about writing my memoir,” before seeking help from former co-stars Denise Welch and Gaynor Faye, adding, “Any moments I missed would be much appreciated.”

The news could make Corrie’s bosses shiver in their boots as they have endured numerous scandals over the past few years.

From being fired for sexual assault and “rape” to false allegations of violence, we uncover the real dramas that shake the pavement.

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Bill Roach – historical allegations of abuse

Veteran star Bill Roach has been playing the beloved Ken Barlow since the first episode aired in December 1960.

But in 2013, he was devastated when he was accused of assaulting five women between 1965 and 1971 who were 16 or younger at the time.

The actor, now 90, was acquitted in February 2014, but the trial has taken a toll on him.

A relieved Bill Roach leaves Preston Crown Court after being acquitted.

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A relieved Bill Roach leaves Preston Crown Court after being acquitted.Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd.

Before Preston Crown Court, he made a statement: “There are no winners in situations like this … we have to be a lot kinder to ourselves.”

In his 2018 memoir Life and Soul, Bill revealed that he was arrested during the Dawn Raid and said that when the allegations were read, “the color seemed to come off everything and there was a kind of fog around us.” .

But he insists he’s not mad at the false accusations that got him suspended from soap for five months.

“I don’t feel any resentment. We must forgive because forgiveness sets us free,” he wrote.

Michael Le Vell – allegations of child abuse

Michael Le Vella, who played Kevin, has been cleared of child abuse charges.

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Michael Le Vella, who played Kevin, has been cleared of child abuse charges.

Like Bill, Michael Le Vell was also at the center of child abuse lawsuits in 2011.

The star, who played mechanic Kevin Webster, has been charged with 12 counts of sexual assault, including child rape.

Michael turned down the soap during the trial and ITV announced that he would not appear “until the trial is over”.

Two years later, a jury found him not guilty. After the verdict, he told reporters that it was “a big burden off everyone’s shoulders.”

During the trial, Michael revealed that he had been battling alcoholism and told ITV bosses that he used cocaine twice in 2013 while trying to deal with a court case.

He returned to soap after a short hiatus, but remained on the brink of bankruptcy, spending £200,000 in legal fees.

Chris Fontaine – rape rap

Chris Fontaine played Terry Duckworth's son Tommy.

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Chris Fontaine played Terry Duckworth’s son Tommy.1 credit
The star appeared in a mask in a vile video

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The star appeared in a mask in a vile video

Hollyoaks hunk Chris joined the cast in 2011 playing Tommy Duckworth, the son of Terry and Lisa Duckworth.

But two years later, he was fired after a bizarre video surfaced of him rapping about being raped, punching people in the face with syringes, and bombing houses.

Dressed in a terrifying Halloween mask, the soap opera star dyed the air blue as he rapped that he would “fuck anyone in the worst possible way, rape a bitch on her birthday.”

The actor later said he was “really ashamed” of the nasty video, and on a recent Mancs on the Mic podcast, he said he’d been in “very dark, terrible places, to the point where I realized I needed to start changing. what I was thinking about, otherwise I might not be.”

The 34-year-old, who said he was left with depression and social anxiety, said: “My life, my job, my image, my reputation, everything was just torn off. In 24 hours. I didn’t leave the house for four days.”

Kathy Redford – Lied to get the role

Katie Redford was cast as Bethany Platt in 2015.

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Katie Redford was cast as Bethany Platt in 2015.1 credit

When the bosses cast Bethany Platt, Sarah’s troubled 14-year-old daughter, in 2015, they chose actress Kathy Redford.

But they were shocked when they discovered that Kathy had lied when she told them she was 19 when she was actually 25.

She was fired for making up the story and replaced by Lucy Fallon, then 19 years old.

Kim Marsh – Sex Tape Saga

Kim was shocked when the sex tape was put up for sale

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Kim was shocked when the sex tape was put up for sale1 credit
Oliver Mellor says he had a five-month affair with a married colleague

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Oliver Mellor says he had a five-month affair with a married colleague1 credit

Kim Marsh was shocked in 2016 after it was revealed that a candid video of her intercourse could be exposed.

On Sunday, Kristen Bell Tattoos was offered a £30,000 sextape of actress Corrie with another man but declined. They were also shown photos of the actress naked and in revealing poses.

Later, the 46-year-old man said OK! Magazine that she felt “sick” after learning of the sale attempt and said it was “devastating” to her family.

She added: “This has been one of the worst weeks of my life and I won’t rest until this man is caught.”

The actress was also embroiled in a cheating scandal following reports of a five-month affair with Cobbles co-star Oliver Mellor, who played Dr. Mark Carter.

The alleged affair took place just months after her marriage to second husband Jamie Lomas in 2012.

“We loved each other and were not afraid to talk about it. We didn’t intend to, but we couldn’t stop our feelings,” Oliver told the Mirror in 2014.

Kim broke up the affair after five months and separated from her husband Jamie in 2014.

Tina O’Brien and Ryan Thomas – Toxic Split

Soap's golden pair ended with a sharp break

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Soap’s golden pair ended with a sharp break1 credit

Ryan Thomas and Tina O’Brien were the golden soap couple during their six-year romance and share a daughter, Scarlett, now 13.

But things turned sour when the couple, who played Jason Grimshaw and Sarah Platt, broke up in 2009, a month before their daughter’s first birthday.

Tina told something new! magazine: “He said he didn’t love me anymore. He said I don’t do it for him anymore. Those were his words.

“I was absolutely devastated. He said he didn’t want responsibility for a relationship with me.”

Tina also claimed that Ryan convinced her not to go back to cobblestone and suggested that he “didn’t want the hassle” of working with her after he dumped her.

She returned to the soap in 2015 after a six-year hiatus, and Ryan left the following year, heading to Down Under for a surprise stint with Neighbors.

Despite amicable periods in the breakup, passions flared in March when Ryan accused his ex of vandalizing his Range Rover during an overnight argument.

A 38-year-old man reportedly smashed the side mirror of Ryan’s Range Rover with a baseball bat after the couple had a violent altercation at 1am in London, causing £1,000 in damage.

Speaking to Kristen Bell Tattoos on Sunday, a source close to Ryan said the alleged incident “seems to have cut the thin thread that hung from their relationship.”

Ryan is now with TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburg, they share a son, Roman, who is two years old and expecting their second child. Tina is married to Adam Croft, with whom she has a seven-year-old son, Beau.

Bruno Langley – The Shame of Sexual Assault

Star fired for groping herself in a nightclub

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Star fired for groping herself in a nightclubCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd.

In October 2017, Bruno Langley was sacked following allegations of sexual assault at a Manchester nightclub.

The star pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two women at a club while partying with co-stars of Corrie.

Langley apparently wept in the dock as he was sentenced to a curfew and signature on the sex offender registry for five years.

The actor blamed work stress, as his lawyer told the court, “Something happened that night, most likely in connection with the character he was playing.”

He later tearfully apologized, confessing that “my behavior was shocking.”

“I have no excuse, no one forced me to drink to this extent, but it’s hard to explain why I did something so terrible,” he told the Sunday Mirror.

“It must have been terrible for those women, and I am ashamed of myself. I’m truly sorry. I sincerely apologize… I promise I will never do anything like that again.”

Mark Anwar – Race rowing

Mark Anwar fired over racist tweets

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Mark Anwar fired over racist tweetsCredit: Rex Features

The Pakistani-born actor, who first appeared on the cobblestones as businessman Sharif Nazir in 2014, was immediately removed from the show following a vitriolic racist tirade online in 2016.

In a series of tweets, he described the Indians as “***-drinking bastards”.

His announcement comes days after 17 soldiers were killed at a military base in Kashmir and sparked a UN clash between India and Pakistan.

He tweeted: “What the fuck #Pakistani artists want to work in #f***face #India you love money so much.”

Then, posting an image of a clenched fist on Twitter, he added: “Ban Indian movies in #PakistanisLeaveIndia. B ***** ds p ** s drink #c ** ts.

He later deleted his Twitter account and was condemned by charities for “adding fuel to the fire”.

Simon Gregson – Drunken Antics

Simon Gregson was kicked out of the club after he took off his shirt and insulted the bouncers.

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Simon Gregson was kicked out of the club after he took off his shirt and insulted the bouncers.Credit: .

Fan favorite Simon, who played prankster Steve McDonald, got into trouble at a co-star’s party after dancing topless on the tables and yelling “fuck you” to the bouncer.

The actor was kicked out of the hall in April after a wild party at the farewell party of Alexandra Mardell, who played his on-screen daughter Emma.

“He was the life and soul of the party, but he went too far, and in the end it pissed off the bar staff and the bouncers,” a witness told Kristen Bell Tattoos.

Another added: “Simon was acting pretty wild – but more in the sense that he was in high spirits and addicted.”

Days later, the 47-year-old was questioned by police about a drunken brawl near Aintree after a day at the races, and was given a “severe warning” by ITV bosses about his conduct.

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“Bosses have told Simon that his recent behavior is not okay and it’s not the best image for a soap,” a source told Kristen Bell Tattoos.

“They warned him to correct himself. Simon apologized and told them that from now on, he would be on his best behavior.”

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