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Roache 'Raped Gullible 15-Year-Old Twice'
Coronation Street star William Roache raped a 15-year-old girl twice in "cold and calculating" attacks, a jury has been told.
The alleged victim, now 62, told police in an interview played in court that the actor grabbed her without warning twice in 1967.
The woman said that on the first occasion Roache led her along a corridor and pushed her onto a bed in his bungalow at Haslingden in Lancashire.
She said that the actor had taken her virginity.
"Before I realised it - it was happening," she told Preston Crown Court.
"I did not know what to do. I was panicking. He was not aggressive in any way. I can remember thinking I just want to get out of here.
"I thought it was my fault."
The woman told the court that later the same year the actor called her over to the door of another nearby property which he owned.
She said: "Before I knew it I was grabbed again. This time I was really frightened. I didn't know if there was anybody in at the house. I should not have got into that position again a second time."
She said she did not tell her father because he had a "real temper problem" and would have given her "a good hiding."
The woman told Preston Crown Court that some time later she was taking part in a carnival and standing in a line waiting to be judged.
"I heard it announced that the judge was Bill Roache. I was half way down the line and I thought he might not recognise me.
"He walked up the line with a microphone and he just said: 'Hello. I know you don't I?'"
She said that the attacks started to bother her more and more as she grew older and that she began to have trouble sleeping because the memories were in the back of her mind.
"I was gullible and I did not see bad in anybody. I was a kid," she said.
When asked why she did not try to push her alleged attacker away and try to run off, she said: "When somebody overpowers you, there is no escape.
"He was too big and I was just shocked. You just go into shock and you just freeze. A horrible, horrible experience."
The complainant said she came forward in March last last year after a conversation with her son about the Jimmy Savile scandal and later revelations about Sir Cyril Smith.
Opening her cross-examination, Louise Blackwell QC, defending, told the witness: "All the questions I am putting to you are on the basis that neither of these events happened, just so you understand."
She then began asking her about the layout of Roache's former home.
William Roache, 81, has played the character of Ken Barlow in ITV's Coronation Street since the soap opera started in 1960.
He denies five charges of indecent assault and two of rape.
The trial continues.
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