Chris Fountain, known to Coronation Street viewers as Weatherfield resident Tommy Duckworth, has been suspended from the ITV soap after an online video surfaced showing him performing a rap song threatening rape and violence.
Rapping under the name The Phantom, and wearing a Halloween mask, Fountain says “I will f**k anybody up in the worst way, rape a bitch on her birthday.”
The lyrics continue: “I’m a motherf**king demon, I’ll stab you in the face with a diseased needle.”
A statement from ITV said: “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.”
The 25-year-old actor released his own statement apologising for the song and saying he was “deeply ashamed” of the offensive content.
“I would like to sincerely apologise for any offence I have caused,” said the statement. “I am deeply ashamed by the lyrics and very much regret my behaviour. 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.”
A spokesperson for Coronation Street said bosses were in talks to decide whether Fountain would be edited out of upcoming episodes of the soap that had already been filmed.
The revelations about Fountain only add to Coronation Street’s recent behind-the-scenes woes. Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, has not appeared in the soap since February when he was charged with child sex offences, while William Roache, aka long-serving Weatherfield resident Ken Barlow, was suspended in May after being arrested on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 1967.
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