Bill Roache pictured at Circle of Love: Spiritualist's hug for star accused of rape after day in dock
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Coronation Street star Bill Roache gets a hug from a fellow Circle of Love member after heading straight from court to a meeting of the spiritualist group.
The actor, 81, spent two hours there winding down from his first day in the dock facing child sex offence charges.
The Street veteran is a regular member of the gathering which claims it shares “wisdom, knowledge, but above all, love”.
Roache arrived at the community centre meeting near Altrincham, Greater Manchester, with daughter Verity last week. After pulling up in the car park, the star dashed through the pouring rain before embracing group members waiting in the doorway.
Roache, who has played Ken Barlow for more than 50 years, is charged with two rapes and five counts of indecent assault. He denies all the charges involving five girls aged 16 and under in the 60s.
One woman has told Preston Crown Court court Roache raped her at his home when she was a 15-year-old virgin. She went to police last year in the wake of high-profile celebrity sex scandals.
The woman told how Roache had sex with her with “‘no warning” in the bedroom of his bungalow in Lancashire.
The incident allegedly took place shortly after his then wife had given birth to their second child.
The woman also alleges he raped her again later in the year when he invited her into his new home.
The court has also heard Roache sent a letter to a 14-year-old girl he had indecently assaulted asking her to write and “tell me more” when she was back at school, along with a photo signed “Love William Roache”.
Another of the alleged victims told how she had called Roache “a dirty old man” while watching him on TV and later told her husband how he had groped her breast when she was only 16.
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