Agence France-PresseJanuary 14, 2014 13:31
British television actor William Roache, the world's longest-serving soap opera star, went on trial Tuesday facing counts of rape and sexual assault on young girls.
Roache, 81, who has played Ken Barlow in "Coronation Street" since the first episode in 1960, used his fame to carry out the assaults and silence his victims, the prosecution alleged.
Roache denies five counts of indecent assault and two counts of rape involving five girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16. The offences are said to have occurred between 1965 and 1971.