The Coronation Street Rape Rapper

Chris Fountain, who plays Tommy Duckworth in soap Coronation Street, has been suspended after being un-masked as a rapper named The Phantom who has rapped about rape.

Videos posted online show the 25-year-old wearing a mask covered by a baseball cap and a hoodie. The explicit and disturbing lyrics such as "rape a bitch on her birthday" have resulted in his suspension.

One YouTube video also features the heart-throb threatening to "slice a rival with a machete".

The actor has apologised for any offence caused. He added: "I am deeply ashamed by the lyrics and very much regret my behaviour. The videos were made over a year ago when I was experimenting with music and I've not done anything like it since, nor will I."

Coronation Street bosses said: "ITV find the language used and the views expressed in this video totally unacceptable. Chris Fountain has been suspended pending further inquiries into this matter."

It seems there is more drama off set than on after he is the third cast member to be suspended. Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster) and William Roache (Ken Barlow) are currently facing sexual offence charges.

Words by Lucy Howell.