Bill Roache is due to appear at Preston Magistrates charged with two counts of rape.
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache said he "would never say that victims of sexual offences are responsible for the abuse that they've suffered", adding, "I apologise most profusely if I've been misunderstood in this way":
– Bill Roache statement
I would like to say that I am very sorry for any offence that has been caused as a result of my comments.
I would never say that victims of sexual offences are in any way responsible for the abuse they have suffered and I offer my deepest apologies if anything I have said has been misunderstood in this way.
I had no intention of causing any kind of distress as a result of my interview and I offer my upmost sympathies to anyone affected by sexual offences and paedophilia.