Coronation Street bosses have issued an apology after viewers spotted a major gaffe in Monday night’s tense court-room scene.
Monday night’s episode centred around the trial of the evil Nathan Curtis, and viewers saw Bethany speak to the court about everything she had to endure. It was during this scene that the mistake was spotted, and TV regulator Ofcom said that it was assessing several complaints.
Teenage victim Bethany Platt told the court of her traumatising time with Nathan and the harrowing plan he had for her when he planned to sell her abroad.
But some viewers noticed some fatal flaw in the tense court scene, which was that Bethany, who was a victim of abuse, would not have had her sketch drawn in the court, because it breaches her right to anonymity as a sexual abuse victim.
As part of the 1925 Criminal Justice Act, UK artists are prohibited from sketching out people in court while the hearing is taking place. Instead, they must make any pertinent notes they can and sketch the scene from memory afterwards.
The ITV soap opera later apologised for the gaffe, with a spokesperson issuing a statement on Tuesday saying: “In last night’s episode we showed a court artist at work sketching Bethany during her trial. We accept this wasn’t a true representation of court procedure and we apologise for including it.
“The artist was solely used to illustrate the passing of time, and we devoted multiple scenes to the fact that Bethany’s anonymity is a priority for the court.
“We repeatedly focused on details regarding screens and video links, and support for victims throughout the court process, which we hope would encourage anyone watching to recognise the fact they would be in a safe place when giving evidence.”
According to the Manchester Evening News, Ofcom reported that it had recieved six complaints about the mistake from Monday’s 8:30pm episode.
The complaints were directed at the dramatisation of the court room scene and the trial, which was “misleading or harmful”. One complaint specifically mentioned the artist drawing.
An Ofcom spokesperson said: “We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate.