Corrie star denies attack reports
Coronation Street star Graeme Hawley has denied he was attacked in a bar by a soap fan angry at his character's on-screen affair with a schoolgirl
Earlier reports said Hawley, 36, was accosted in a Manchester pub by a man ranting about his character teacher John Stape's fling with Street temptress Rosie Webster, played by 19-year-old Helen Flanagan.
But Hawley denied that the attack had ever taken place.
The bemused actor said: "I have never been grabbed in a headlock by anyone. Occasionally people will make jokey comments about John - particularly throughout the Rosie storyline - but it is always in good humour and I have never felt threatened.
"It is true that I tend to avoid crowded bars etc - but that is as much to do with the fact that I am 36 and a dad, as the fact that I am a famous face! I am happy to say that I have never found myself in a situation where I felt threatened.
"John is the sort of character that does prompt reaction from people - but that is great, it means people are interested in what you are doing," he added.