Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp ‘hassled for sex by director of women’s rights documentary’

Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp ‘hassled for sex by director of women’s rights documentary’

CORONATION Street’s Nicola Thorp has revealed she harassed while, ironically, working on a documentary about women’s rights.

The actress claims she was approached to become the presenter of the documentary, which never materialised, but was crudely harassed by the broadcaster instead.

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Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp has revealed she was harassed by a director

Speaking to the Mirror, Nicola said: “A man in the public eye approached me to do a ­documentary about women’s rights and then, in the process, he told me how much he wanted to have sex with me.

“He then started sending me photos of dresses and shoes he thought I’d look sexy in at three in the morning.

“That really messed me up for a while. It made me think, ‘well, did I encourage him? Was my worth as a potential presenter of a documentary only gauged by how much I flirted with him?’”

Sadly, it’s not the first time the actress has been subjected to sexual abuse and coercion.

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The star joins a host of other women this Sunday at Care Internationals #March4Women rally
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The 30-year-old, who plays Corrie villain Pat Phelan’s long-lost daughter Nicola Rubinstein, revealed she was harassed by a married director.

She said: “He was such a creep and luckily he’s not working any more.

“He worked in the theatre world.

“He just started messaging me at all times of the night telling me he had ­feelings for me, trying to coerce me into telling him that I had a crush on him.

“He started saying quite sordid things to me.

“He suggested to me that if I didn’t cooperate I would never work again. I told him very clearly I didn’t want to hear from him again. He had a wife and kids.”

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Nicola plays Nicola Rubenstein in the ITV soap
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Nicola joins a host of high-profile women including Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Abbington, Annie Lennox and Sue Perkins, who are also speaking out against harassment in the workplace.

Care International’s #March4Women rally in London on Sunday 3 March, is a global movement for gender equality: it’s for anyone and everyone who wants to see a more equal world.

Care International’s March4Women is at Central Hall, Westminster, London, on Sunday, 2.15pm.


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