Alleged sex assault victim described soap star Bill Roache as an "octopus"

Friday 17 January 2014 20.30
Bill Roache denies two counts of rapes and five counts of indecent assault
Bill Roache denies two counts of rapes and five counts of indecent assault

Coronation Street star William Roache was like "an octopus" with "hands everywhere", an alleged sex assault victim told detectives.

She said the actor, whom she dubbed ‘The Roache’, groped her in a room at Granada Studios in Manchester after being led past the Rovers Return pub on the set.

In a video recording of her police interview played to jurors at Preston Crown Court, she said she thought she was about 14 when Mr Roache arranged studio passes for her and her younger sister.

She said: "He came over to me and stood really close to me and put both hands on my breasts.”

The woman went on to describe in detail what followed and that she started worrying because she knew she could not run away.

She said: "I told him I was on a period, which I wasn't.

"He asked me whether I was sure and I said 'Yeah'.

"He asked me not to say anything."

The woman added that Mr Roache, who has played Ken Barlow since the launch of the ITV soap, also told her: "Perhaps next time."

She told the interviewing woman officer: "He was like an octopus. Hands everywhere."

Mr Roache, 81, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, denies two counts of rapes and five counts of indecent assault involving five complainants aged 16 and under on dates between 1965 and 1971.