Tuesday 24 October 2017

Rotherham scandal girls 'sang and danced hearing of Corrie's grooming storyline'

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Coronation Street - Ep 9151
Wednesday 26th April 2017 As Bethany Platt [LUCY FALLON] sobs Nathan Curtis [CHRISTOPHER HARPER] apologises for his rant, explaining the equipment belongs to Neil. Nathan says Neil has a soft spot for Bethany, maybe if she meets him for a drink it will go some way to making amends. Desperate for Nathan’s approval will Bethany agree?
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FROM ITV STRICT EMBARGO Print media - No Use Before Tuesday 18th April 2017 Online Media - No Use Before 0700hrs Tuesday 18th April 2017 Coronation Street - Ep 9151 Wednesday 26th April 2017 As Bethany Platt [LUCY FALLON] sobs Nathan Curtis [CHRISTOPHER HARPER] apologises for his rant, explaining the equipment belongs to Neil. Nathan says Neil has a soft spot for Bethany, maybe if she meets him for a drink it will go some way to making amends. Desperate for Nathan’s approval will Bethany agree? Picture Contact - david.crook@itv.com Photographer - Mark Bruce This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com

By Julia Hunt

Chris Harper said there has been a lot of support from victims of abuse.

Coronation Street actor Chris Harper has said some of the girls in the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal started singing and dancing when they heard the ITV soap would be tackling grooming.

The actor, 39, met with abuse victims as he prepared for the storyline in which his character Nathan Curtis dupes schoolgirl Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) into a relationship and starts pimping her out to his friends.

He said on This Morning: “I’ve met some incredibly strong people. Some of the girls from the Rotherham case, for example.

“When they found out that Corrie were going to do the story they did this dance in front of me. I was there at a charity thing and they went, (singing) ‘Corrie are doing grooming, Corrie are doing grooming’.

“Because they are used to just being splashed across tabloid headlines.

“Or ignored or labelled.

“And what has happened through Corrie, but also through the fantastic work the NSPCC are doing, and Barnardo’s, it is really pushing this as a big problem we’ve got across the country.”

Chris said he has had a lot of backing from people affected by the issues being dealt with on the programme.

“The community that’s out there for people who are victims or survivors, however they label themselves, is very very warm and very very supportive,” he said.

Next week’s episodes of the soap will show Bethany’s situation take an even darker turn when Nathan manipulates her into making a commitment to him.

Chris, who is now an ambassador for sexual abuse charity Voicing CSA, said the schoolgirl is “going to be entering a very dark place”.

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