Thursday 14 December 2017

Ofcom is looking into 62 complaints about the Emmerdale rape scene

By Francesca Gosling

The watchdog was contacted after the horrifying scenes were shown pre-watershed.

Ofcom has said it is looking into more than 60 complaints about rape scenes shown in ITV soap Emmerdale this week.

Monday night’s episode showed Pierce Harris, played by Jonathan Wrather, brutally assault Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) after spiralling into a jealous rage just hours after their wedding.

Viewers saw Pierce grab Rhona by the arms as she tried to run away and force her to the floor.

The rape was not shown but Jonathan said earlier this week that it was “implied”.

The media watchdog said it received 62 audience complaints after the scenes were aired pre-watershed.

It will assess the claims before deciding whether to launch a full investigation.

A spokesman said: “We assess all complaints received against the Broadcasting Code, which sets standards for the content of TV and radio programmes, before deciding whether or not to investigate.”

ITV shared links to information and support services for viewers affected by the hard-hitting storyline.

The channel has been contacted for comment.

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