Coronation Street sparks outrage as harrowing scenes show teen Bethany Platt get gang-raped

Last night’s episode of Coronation Street has sparked backlash and Ofcom complaints after viewers were left feeling “physically sick” by harrowing scenes that saw 16-year-old Bethany Platt [Lucy Fallon] get gang-raped by three much older men.

Bethany has been involved in a disturbing grooming storyline over recent months, but last night took a dark turn as her fiance, Nathan, pimped her out at a sex party.

Bethany has been brainwashed by Nathan.
Bethany has been brainwashed by Nathan.

Due to Britain’s Got Talent’s live semi-finals, Corrie has been airing at 9pm this week and the post-watershed timeslot has allowed for the ITV soap to show the true extent of Bethany’s plight.

With Nathan telling the teen that it “turns him on” to watch her with other men, a reluctant but brainwashed Bethany hesitantly agreed to go into a bedroom, viewers saw her sitting on the bed alone before a number of older men walked up to Nathan, handed him cash, joined Bethany in the room and shut the door.

Three older men paid Nathan for sex with the teen.
Three older men paid Nathan for sex with the teen.

Fans of the soap were left to imagine what was going on off-camera, and many horrified viewers took to social media to share their reaction to the disturbing scene:

Ofcom later confirmed that they had received 13 complaints about last night’s episode, with a spokesman saying: “We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate.”

Although some viewers were left outraged by the storyline, others praised the show for drawing attention to such a difficult subject matter and raising awareness on child grooming.

Lucy has been praised for her portrayal of the teen.
Lucy has been praised for her portrayal of the teen.

Lucy has also been acclaimed for her brilliant portrayal of the tormented teenager, with soap bosses promising that she will end up “saving herself” from vile Nathan’s grooming.

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