Ofcom has dismissed complaints about Coronation Street's male rape storyline.

Jack P. Shepherd

Jack P. Shepherd

The industry watchdog received more than 200 complaints from 183 viewers in response to the episode on March 16, when Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton) spiked David Platt's (Jack P. Shepherd) drink before sexually assaulting him, and a further 31 people complained three days later, when the fallout from the incident was screened.

But Ofcom has dismissed the complaints, saying that while the scenes were "uncomfortable viewing for some", it didn't break any broadcasting regulations.

A spokeswoman for the watchdog explained: "This storyline tackled a sensitive and challenging subject, which we appreciate was uncomfortable viewing for some.

"However, we considered that ITV took extensive steps to ensure it was handled sensitively and carefully. These included working closely with a victim support group, and repeatedly signposting the help available to anyone affected by sexual violence.

"We also considered that, although the offender's violent intentions were clearly implied, the scenes were neither explicit nor graphic. Finally, we took into account that clear warnings were broadcast before both episodes."

Last month, Jack - who has played the role of David since 2000 - revealed he would've quit 'Coronation Street' if he hadn't been handed huge storylines.

The 30-year-old actor has taken on some big plots over the years, including male rape, surviving serial killer Richard Hillman (Brian Capron), attempted murder, and watching his wife Kylie Platt (Paula Lane) die in his arms, but Jack would've quit the soap long ago if he wasn't handed such big challenges.

He said: "I wouldn't have stayed if all I was having to do was turn up at the pub and order a pint.

"But, in my head, he's a victim of all the things that have happened to him in the past. It's all led to the place where he is today."

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