– Bill Roache
I am astounded and deeply horrified by the extraordinary events of the last twenty-four hours.
I strenuously deny the allegations and will now focus my full attention on fighting to preserve my innocence in the challenging times ahead.
I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all those people who have offered me their support and good wishes at this difficult time.
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has vowed to fight allegations that he raped a 15-year-old girl in 1967, saying he was "astounded and deeply horrified".