Coronation Street star Bruno Langley hit with curfew

The former Corrie star has escaped jail after admitting grabbing a woman's crotch before groping another at a Manchester nightclub.

The 34-year-old, who left the ITV soap in the wake of the allegations, was hit with a curfew after he pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual assault at Manchester Magistrates' Court this morning.

The court heard he lunged at two women, one in her 30s and another in her 20s, at Band On The Wall nightclub in the city's Northern Quarter on October 1.

A judge was told that a victim was left "shocked and angry" after the assault by a clearly drunk Langley.

Langley has been slapped with a 12 month community to order that will see him given a curfew and electronic tag.

He will also be placed on the sex offenders' register for five years and must may his victims £250 each.

District Judge Mark Hadfield  said: "On that evening your conduct was quite disgraceful, indeed degrading.

"On a number of occasions you sexually assaulted females whilst being on licensed premises."

Prosecutor Karen Saffman had told the court that at about 1am his first victim had gone upstairs to collect her coat intending to leave.

As she made her way back towards the stairs Langley grabbed her, the court was told.

Ms Saffman, quoting the victim's statement, said: "He grabbed me. Properly grabbed me. It was a rough grab, really right in. Lots of pressure."

The prosecutor continued: "Even though it was through her dress and tights she could feel two or three fingers."

The victim said she had thought about hitting him, but was in a state of shock.

Ms Saffman said a friend of Langley's had apologised for his actions.

The second victim said Langley grabbed her breasts and bum "forcefully" leaving her feeling "disgusted".

The prosecutor said Lanley had also groped two other women on the evening but was not facing charges over these allegations.

In mitigation Langley's solicitor said he was not a "serial groper" describing his actions as an "alcohol fuelled" and "isolated" incident.

Langley admitted to the court that he had a problem with alcohol and on occasions did not remember his actions while on booze binges.

Langley made his Corrie debut as Todd Grimshaw in 2001 and was the first openly gay character in the soap.

In a statement released before he was charged, the actor said: "Sadly, I will no longer be working on Coronation Street. Acting on the show has been the fulfilment of a personal dream.

"Playing the role of Todd Grimshaw since I was 17 years old has been a huge part of my life, and an absolute honour.

"I would like to thank all of my friends who work on the show for their love, friendship and support during this extremely difficult period."

According to a source, Langley's contract ended on October 26 following an internal inquiry into the allegation, with soap bosses scrambling to rewrite storylines.

Langley has also had roles in Doctor Who, Dalziel And Pascoe and in several theatrical productions, including Calendar Girls and The Mousetrap

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