Emmerdale: Pierce admits rape to Rhona but lies on the stand

The verdict of Pierce Harris’s rape trial is set to be revealed in Emmerdale tonight, and it will be a nail-biting climax to one of the biggest soap stories this year.

Jonathan Wrather who plays Pierce will leave the soap when his character gets his comeuppance for raping wife Rhona (Zoe Henry) and the actor says the soap is trying to do the dramatic storyline jusice.

‘We are not on any sort of crusade. But we have a responsibility­ to our audience and to people who have experienced this kind of relationship and this kind of event.

‘So we have to get it right and make it as truthful as possible.

‘We had one woman who wrote in and said that having seen this story she was then able to confess to her own mother, four years after she had divorced her own husband, that she also had been in this kind of relationship and had been raped repeatedly,’ he told the Mirror.

And Emmerdale fans have watched in horror for months as ­controlling Pierce took Rhona’s self-esteem before brutally­ raping her.

Around 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales each year and Jonathan has promised the storyline will deliver some ‘retribution’.

‘By the end there will be some comeuppance for Pierce, but I’m afraid viewers will have to wait and see what happens.

‘There are brilliant scenes. There is some retribution.’


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