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Coronation Street star sacked over masked rap video

2013-08-19 21:36:12

Chris Fountain
Fountain said the videos had been made "over
a year ago"

Coronation Street actor Chris Fountain has been sacked by the soap after he was exposed as a masked rapper who posted strongly worded videos online.

The YouTube clips purportedly showed Fountain rapping about raping women and committing violent acts in the guise of his alter-ego "The Phantom".

The 25-year-old had been suspended, but an ITV spokesman confirmed his contract had been terminated.

Fountain had offered apologies for any offence he had caused.

'Deeply ashamed'

In a statement he said: "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."

Previously seen as Justin Burton in Hollyoaks, Bradford-born Fountain joined Coronation Street in 2011, playing the role of Tommy Duckworth.

The ITV spokesman said Fountain's contract had been terminated "as a result of the unacceptable comments he made in a number of online clips".

The clips, which are no longer available to view, featured Fountain wearing a Halloween mask, miming stabbing motions and claiming he was "bored with fame".

His involvement in the videos was revealed in Friday's edition of The Sun, which claimed it had brought them to the attention of his employers.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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