Actor's YouTube videos contained threats of violence against women
Coronation Street actor Chris Fountain has been suspended from the ITV soap after he was exposed as a masked rapper posting violent and threatening videos on YouTube.
The BBC reports that Fountain used his rap alter-ego The Phantom to post the videos online, which included lyrics about committing acts of violence and raping women.
Lyrics in the videos, which have since been removed from the site, include the lines “I’m a motherfucking demon, I’ll stab you in the face with a diseased needle“, “I’ll bench press a house, I’ll bench press a house, I’ll bench press your wife, yeah, your spouse,” and – most controversially – “I will fuck anybody up in the worst way, rape a bitch on her birthday.”
The actor, who plays Tommy Duckworth on the show, has released a statement apologsing for the videos. “I am deeply ashamed by the lyrics and very much regret my behaviour,” he 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.”
An ITV spokesperson, meanwhile, 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.”
Fountain previously had a stint in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, in which he played the character of Justin Burton. He joined the cast of Coronation Street in 2011.