Soap bosses at Coronation Street have accepted newcomer Ryan Russell's apology after historic sexist tweets he made were unearthed.

The actor, who has been cast as new character Michael Bailey in the ITV soap and is set to make his debut later this year, was revealed to have tweeted sexist comments between 2011 and 2013.

Russell subsequently issued an apology for the offensive language.

A spokesperson for Coronation Street has said that the soaps's showrunners have accepted his apology after they met with him to discuss the social media posts.

In a statement issued to Digital Spy, a Corrie spokesperson said, "Ryan Russell has apologised for the social media posts recently brought to ITV's attention which he admits he posted between 2011 and 2013 when at university.

"The tweets in question are no longer in the public domain and were deleted by Ryan in 2013 shortly after they had been published because he realised they were offensive and regretted that he had posted in this way.

"He has spoken with producers today and given them assurances about his conduct, values and behaviour going forward."

Russell said in his official apology: "First and foremost, I want to take ownership for my behaviour and apologise for some of the language that I've previously used on social media.

"I'm embarrassed by some of my previous social media posts but hope to be able to use my platform to educate, inspire and engage others. As with anything in life, I believe that it's about self-reflection, education and growth.

"I'm truly sorry and believe that the tweets are not an accurate representation of the person that I am, or aspire to be."

Emmerdale actress Shila Iqbal was recently sacked from her role as Aiesha Richards after historic offensive tweets she posted resurfaced.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Virgin Media One and UTV.

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