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Ex-Street actor cleared of rape
Christopher Quinten
Mr Quinten said the woman consented to sex
Former Coronation Street actor Chris Quinten has been found not guilty of raping a student in a nightclub.

The 48-year-old was accused of giving the woman cocaine and luring her to a quiet spot in London nightclub 10 Rooms last year.

He told the jury at London's Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court that the 22-year-old woman consented to sex and he denied giving her drugs.

When the jury delivered their unanimous verdict, he shouted: "Thank you".

'Being unfaithful'

Speaking outside court he said: "My nightmare is over. Even though I have known I was always innocent of all charges made against me and knew if I did go to trial I would be acquitted, it has been the worst time of my life.

"I have literally been to hell and thank goodness I am back today."

Mr Quinten, 48, whose real name is Chris Bell, spent 10 years playing mechanic Brian Tilsley in ITV's Coronation Street.

The incident was alleged to have happened at a birthday party Mr Quinten, now a promoter, organised for motorcycle stunt rider Eddie Kidd.

Standing with his girlfriend outside court, he said he wanted to thank her for standing by him even though he "broke her heart because of being unfaithful."

He added: "She knew all along I was not capable of this vile crime I was supposed to have committed. She stood by me from day one of the trial."

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