Ex-Coronation Street actor Bruno Langley admits sex assaults

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Bruno Langley was sentenced to a 12-month community order at Manchester Magistrates’ Court

Former Coronation Street actor Bruno Langley has admitted groping two women in a music venue.

The women were assaulted at the Band on the Wall music venue on Swan Street in Manchester on 1 October.

Langley, 34, of Altrincham, admitted two sexual assaults at Manchester Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to a 12-month community order.

ITV said he had left the soap’s cast, but existing storylines meant he would be seen on screen until 24 December.

The court heard Langley had grabbed the crotch of one woman and touched the breasts and bottom of the other while drunk.

Prosecutor Karen Saffman said the actor had been “clearly intoxicated” when he approached the first woman, who was out with her husband.

Reading from the woman’s victim statement, she said he had “properly grabbed” her crotch with a “rough grab”.

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Bruno Langley played Todd Grimshaw, Coronation Street’s first openly gay character, for 16 years

Ms Saffman said the woman “was thinking about hitting him” but instead confronted him, asking: “Did you do that on purpose?”

She said Langley had not replied but a man who was with him apologised for the actor’s actions.

The court heard the woman had then gone to the toilets, where she was approached by his second victim who told her she had also been attacked.

‘Quite disgraceful’

Ms Saffman said Langley had also sexually touched two other women, but had not faced charges over those assaults.

She added that while he was not charged, those incidents were “indicative of his behaviour” on the night.

Sentencing, District Judge Mark Hadfield said he had to consider if he would pass a custodial sentence, telling Langley that his actions had been “quite disgraceful”.

However, he said he accepted Langley’s defence that he had “a problem with alcohol” and agreed the actor had shown genuine remorse.

Langley was handed a 12-month community order and was ordered to wear an electronic tag, observe a curfew and pay £250 compensation to his victims.

He will also be added to the sex offenders register for five years.

Langley, whose contract was terminated after an internal inquiry in October, had played Coronation Street’s first openly gay character Todd Grimshaw since 2001.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42151957

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