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Coronation Street bosses defend rape storyline

Coronation Street bosses say they have sensitively addressed a rape storyline on the show.

Coronation Street bosses have defended a controversial rape storyline featured on the British soap opera after complaints from angry viewers.

Teenage character Bethany Platt, played by Lucy Fallon, 21, was raped by several men in a scene that shocked fans of the Greater Manchester, England based soap.

In the storyline Bethany's rapists are yet to be brought to justice despite her mother reporting the incident to the police.

As a result 19 viewers have complained to U.K. broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

The show's producers have defended the storyline, as they consulted with police officers thoroughly to ensure they are sensitive to victims' concerns.

"Every aspect of this storyline has been researched with child protection charities and Greater Manchester Police," a spokesperson for Coronation Street's broadcaster ITV told the Daily Star.

They indicated that the gang of rapists, who include Bethany's former lover Nathan Curtis and corrupt police officer Neil Clifton, will eventually be brought to justice.

"In the coming months that will see Nathan and his gang - including Neil - forced to face the full consequences of their actions," the representative added.

Coronation Street's writers have never shied away from courting controversy, as since the soap opera debuted in 1960 they have addressed subjects including domestic abuse, wrongful imprisonment, teenage pregnancy and murder.

The show currently airs five nights a week on U.K. television, but an extra episode will be broadcast each week from autumn 2017.

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