Langley leaves Coronation Street following internal inquiry

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Bruno Langley

Bruno Langley, who has played Todd Grimshaw in Coronation Street for the last 16 years, has left the programme following an internal inquiry into claims he assaulted a woman in a bar.

Langley, 34, confirmed he had left the soap but denied any claims of wrongdoing, telling the Sunday Mirror he would "make a further statement in due course".

ITV said: "Bruno Langley is no longer contracted to Coronation Street."

Grimshaw was the first openly gay character in the soap's 57-year history. In a statement, Langley 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.

"I will make a further statement in due course, and when I am able to do so."