Corrie's Frank Foster cleared of rape

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Alison King

Coronation Street's Frank Foster is to be cleared of the rape of Carla Connor in a shocking new storyline.

Coronation Street's Frank Foster is to be cleared of rape in a shocking new storyline.

Despite attacking former fiance Carla Connor (Alison King) when she refused to concede to his demands, the evil businessman - played by Andrew Lancel - will walk free after a jury finds him not guilty of the crime.

In scenes set to be screened early next year, Carla will be left desperately trying to clear her name while having to recount intimate details of her night of hell with the sinister schemer.

A prosecutor warns the jurors: "Don't be fooled by the defendant's cool exterior, this man is a sexual predator, nothing more, nothing less."

However, Frank's lawyers set about to ruin Carla's reputation, claiming she made up the rape allegations against her former business partner because she wants him out of the Underworld knicker factory.

The brunette businesswoman is then questioned about her close friendship with alcoholic bookie Peter Barlow (Chris Gasgoyne) - who she had confessed to having feelings for - but her adamant denials are disbelieved when a private investigator hired by Frank producers photographs of the pair kissing.

Sending the courtroom into chaos, Peter's wife Leanne - played by Jane Danson - screams from the public gallery: "You're a liar, Carla."

An insider on the ITV1 soap added to the Daily Star newspaper: "Needless to say Frank is quick to return to the cobbles and gloat about his innocence, knowing full well he's guilty as sin."

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