Coronation Street’s Ken Morley gets into extraordinary bust-up with single mother renting his house – as she calls police
- Morley, 76, was accused of harassment when he tried to evict Michelle Beattie
- Mother-of-four, complained to the council about the state of the property in Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire
- She accused Morley, who played Reg Holdsworth on the ITV soap, of being a ‘nightmare landlord’
- She said he threatened her and said social services would remove her children when she complained to the council
- Actor, who was axed from Celebrity Big Brother in 2015 for using the N-word, denied losing his temper
Coronation Street star Ken Morley was involved in an extraordinary row with a single mother who rents his property after she called police and said he threatened her.
Ken, who played Reg Holdsworth in the ITV soap, was accused of harassment as he tried to evict Michelle Beattie from his property in Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire.
Ms Beattie, 40, described the as a ‘nightmare landlord’ who threatened her with bailiffs and social services after she complained to the council about the condition of the detached home.
Speaking to MailOnline, the mother-of-four said: ‘He told me, ‘You have two weeks to leave then the bailiffs will come and kick you out. Then social services will come and take the kids off you’.
Former Coronation Street actor Ken Morley (right), who played Red Holdsworth in the ITV soap, has fallen out with his tenant Michelle Beattie, a 40-year-old single mother of four (left)
Ms Beattie (pictured), who has rented the property in Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, since December, says she called the police after being threatened by Mr Morley with eviction
‘That made me angry and I thought, ‘enough is enough’ so I called the police.’
The 79-year-old former Corrie favourite, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, denies losing his temper with her.
Speaking outside the front door of his bungalow, which is next door to Michelle, the 79-year-old former Corrie favourite insisted: ‘I did not lose my temper.
‘We are not in the habit of kicking doors down and throwing people onto the main road.
‘We are just requesting her to leave. If you ask somebody to leave you give them the required notice, which in this case was two months.’
Asked about being reported to the police, Ken said: ‘I was quite surprised about that.
‘We were having discussions – if she wants to complain about it then that’s up to her.’
‘I can’t really say anything more. I’m sure it will resolve itself in the next few days.
‘I’m not vindictive towards her and I am not unsympathetic for her.’
Lancashire Police confirmed a call was made to them on Tuesday at 3.30pm following the row.
A spokesman said: ‘From our point of view no offence has been committed. We have spoken to both parties and the matter has been resolved.’
The 79-year-old ex-Corrie favourite, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, denies losing his temper with Miss Beattie, 40, during the bust-up as he tried to evict her from the house
Michelle moved into the detached home in December last year and signed a six-month lease with a rent £750-a-month.
She said: ‘We have complained about lots of things and it never got fixed.
‘We couldn’t open the front windows and Ken merely said: ‘It’s winter – why do you want to open the windows’.
‘Nothing got done – at one point a radiator fell off the wall. He’s become a nightmare.’
Ken insisted he acted after the council highlighted problems with the property.
He said: ‘It said what needed doing and we did it immediately.’
Asked if he will take her to court, Ken added: ‘We hope we don’t reach that point.
‘I don’t dislike her. I’m sorry it’s ended up like this as we’ve had quite a good relationship.
‘I got on very well with her. I have every sympathy for her – she has four young children.’
Ms Beattie claims that problems with her landlord Morley began when she complained to the council about the state of the property
Both parties agree the situation has arisen over problems with Michelle’s former partner whose name had to be taken off the lease.
She admits he has had problems with alcohol and Ken insists the police have had to be called ‘five times’.
In 2015 Ken was thrown out of the Celebrity Big Brother house in a storm of controversy after using the N-word and accused of sexist slurs.
He repeatedly clashed with his housemates and was evicted after the use of the word in a conversation about former boxer Frank Bruno. He denied being a racist.