Chris Fountain will still appear in tonight's Coronation Street despite having been suspended by show bosses.
The 25-year-old, who has played Tommy Duckworth in the ITV soap since 2011, has apologised and said he’s “deeply ashamed” of the lyrics used in an online rap video that featured threats of rape and violence.
After the video emerged this morning, ITV was quick to condemn the song, stating “ITV find both the language used and the views expressed in this video totally unacceptable. Chris Fountain has been suspended pending further inquiries into this matter."
However, RadioTimes.com understands that Fountain, who has already filmed scenes in upcoming episodes of the show, will continue to appear on screen in the coming weeks – including in scenes that will appear on ITV tonight at 7:30pm and 8:30pm.
In February, Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, was cut from upcoming scenes and storylines after he was charged with child sex offences. In May, the show’s longest serving star William Roache, best known as Ken Barlow, was also pulled from episodes immediately following charges being brought against him for historic sex offences.
Fountain, who performed the music under the pseudonym The Phantom as part of the West Yorkshire Cypher rap group, said “the videos were made over a year ago when I was experimenting with music and I've not done anything like it since nor will I."
The offending videos and a related Twitter account, @The_Phant0m, have since been removed from the Internet.