Coronation Street star Christopher Harper has warned that Bethany Platt's grooming storyline will only get darker after she sleeps with a stranger this week.
The actor has spent the past few months playing the role of evil abuser Nathan Curtis, who wants to pimp Bethany out to his friends.
After many weeks laying the groundwork, Nathan's twisted plan finally comes to fruition this week as he convinces Bethany to sleep with his friend Neil, a man she barely knows.
Speaking live on ITV's This Morning today (April 26), Christopher revealed how Nathan manages to coerce Bethany and where the storyline is heading next.
Christopher explained: "He teases her about 'what grown-ups actually do' and what is acceptable. He's always saying: 'You wouldn't understand. This is what it's really like. You'll get it when you're older'.
"He's constantly playing on a weakness she has, because she knows she's so much younger than him. So it's about finding that weakness and he traps her in it.
"Then he guilt trips her [by saying] 'The only way you can help me out is if you do this'. She sacrifices herself because she's so scared of losing him and that's really what a manipulator does.
"She's going to be entering a very dark place and Nathan introducing his friend Neil is really just the beginning."
Bethany finally becomes uneasy around Nathan after sleeping with Neil, but he isn't letting her go without a fight and even tries to talk her round by proposing next week.
Christopher added: "There is a proposal. He wins her trust over and that's really the key message. He wins her trust over and makes her fall in love with him.
"He does that through having a really great mate [Mel], who's a girl and who's obviously trustworthy. He proposes and gives her this amazing ring, so Bethany's really taken hook, line and sinker."
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.
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