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Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson in pub spat with 'vitriolic republican' offers him to step outside

Actor Charlie Lawson
Actor Charlie Lawson

Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson said he was verbally abused by a "vitriolic republican" in a Belfast city bar before asking him to "step outside".

The actor proposed a toast to four American tourists in the Crown bar to make the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings when he said the verbal abuse began.

The 59-year-old who plays Jim McDonald in the ITV soap said the exchange made him so angry he offered to take matters out on the street.

He said his American friends were left staggered.

"How sad," he tweeted.

"For the first time in my life I’ve been abused verbally by a vitriolic republican in The Crown, for proposing a toast to 4 American tourists.

"I got so angry, I asked the man to step outside."

On social media Charlie wears his heart on his sleeve and often expresses his support for the troops.  Lawson, who is an ambassador for the Northern Ireland Veterans Association recently helped launch a 50th anniversary commemoration for the start of Operation Banner, the 38-year military operation in Northern Ireland.

He added: "When you find out how hated you are by a section of a community, you realise why anger grows."

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Earlier this year the Fermanagh-born actor, a staunch unionist, revealed it would have been "highly likely" he would have joined a loyalist paramilitary group had he not left Northern Ireland to become an actor.

He revealed how during a period he was out of work and signing on the dole a man came up to him in the street to gloat over his apparent downfall saying "look at you now".

"I said, 'You want to take that back son right now'. Anyway he didn't so I belted him. I look in the mirror and I am happy with myself. I won't be insulted by anyone," said Charlie.

In the same interview with Eamonn Mallie for UTV, the actor spoke of how he was 20 before he ever met a Catholic and that was Line Of Duty's Adrian Dunbar.

"Not extraordinary for the times really when you think about it," he said.

"But the damage we did to ourselves as human beings and the sheer cruelty and the barbarity of both sides of what people were willing do to other people. It's horrendous and people don't believe it now. They are not taught about it and they should be."

Charlie has lived in Cheshire for a number of years although revealed recently he was to return to his native Northern Ireland to live.

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