Bruno Langley has avoided jail after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two women.
The actor appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court today, where he admitted to groping the women during a night out at the city’s Band on The Wall music venue on October 1st. Langley, 34, grabbed his first victim in the crotch at about 1am, who then heard that he’d molested another woman when she went to the toilet.
“He grabbed me properly. He grabbed me on the crotch,” the first victim told the police, whilst Manchester Evening News also reports that the second victim was grabbed ‘forcefully’ in an assault ‘lasting a couple of seconds’.
The court was also told how the soap star had behaved similarly inappropriately towards a third and fourth woman but charges had not been brought against him for this; however, the further incidents were said to be ‘indicative of his behaviour’ on that particular night.
Manchester Evening News reports that Langley has been handed a 12-month community order. He’ll be electronically-monitored for 12-weeks and faces 40 days of rehabilitation activity as part of the order. He also must sign the sex offenders’ register for a period of five years and pay his two victims £250 each.
Langley’s former employer ITV launched an ‘internal inquiry’ into the actor on October, 20 and announced a week later that they had chosen to terminate his contract with their flagship soap opera.
“Bruno’s contract ended on October 26th following an internal inquiry. Scenes featuring Bruno will continue to be screened until December 24. These were filmed before our inquiry started. Subsequent storylines beyond this point have been rewritten.” – Coronation Street spokesperson
The actor has played Todd Grimshaw on the Street since 2001, though has had a lengthy time out from the saga. His other TV credits include the beeb-aired sci-fi series Doctor Who and detective drama Dalziel and Pascoe. Langley also had a successful theatre career including Romeo and Juliet, A Taste of Honey, Calendar Girls and the 60th Anniversary tour of The Mousetrap.
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