Bruno Langley leaves his home as he heads to court to face two charges of sexual assault
Coronation Street star Bruno Langley has admitted sexually assaulting two women at a Manchester music venue.
The actor, who left the ITV soap soon after the attacks came to light, appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court this morning.
The 34-year-old, who played Todd Grimshaw in the soap, admitted two charges of sexual assault and could be jailed when he returns to court for sentencing.
He was ‘clearly intoxicated’ when he grabbed a woman by the crotch as she tried to tried to get her coat.
She asked him: ‘Did you do that on purpose?’, but he did not reply, the court was told.
A friend of Langley’s said to the woman ‘Oh my god, I’m really sorry,’ before nightclub doormen intervened, the court heard.
Greater Manchester Police previously said they had received a report that a woman in her 30s had been sexually assaulted at the Band on the Wall music venue in the city’s Northern Quarter, at about 1am on Sunday October 1.
Police later received another report from a second woman of another assault in the same venue on the same night.
Langley (right in 2004) has played Tom Grimshaw in the ITV soap off and on since 2001
Langley made his Corrie debut as Todd Grimshaw in 2001 and was the first openly gay character in the soap.
In a statement released before he was charged, the actor said: ‘Sadly, I will no longer be working on Coronation Street. Acting on the show has been the fulfilment of a personal dream.
‘Playing the role of Todd Grimshaw since I was 17 years old has been a huge part of my life, and an absolute honour.
‘I would like to thank all of my friends who work on the show for their love, friendship and support during this extremely difficult period.’
According to a source, his contract ended on October 26 following an internal inquiry into the assault allegation.
Langley has also had roles in Doctor Who, Dalziel And Pascoe and in several theatrical productions, including Calendar Girls and The Mousetrap.