Longest-serving soap actor charged in UK with rape

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LONDON (Reuters) – William Roache, the world’s longest serving soap actor according to Guinness World Records, was charged on Wednesday with two counts of rape against an underage girl, British prosecutors said. Roache, 81, who plays Ken Barlow in the popular soap opera “Coronation Street”, is the latest high-profile figure to be accused of sex crimes in Britain since the death of BBC television presenter Jimmy Savile in 2011. …

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