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'Emmerdale' Spoilers: Pierce Harris Will Face 'Retributions', Teases Actor Jonathan Wrather

'There’s kind of a duty of care or responsibility to the audience.'

13/07/2017 18:17 BST | Updated 14/07/2017 08:50 BST

Soap actor Jonathan Wrather has assured ‘Emmerdale’ fans that there will be consequences for his character’s actions.

Jonathan plays Pierce Harris in the soap, whose actions towards his wife Rhona Goskirk took an abusive turn earlier this year, including a much-talked about rape scene.

While Rhona has since told the rest of the village about what her husband subjected her to, it’s been revealed that Pierce is set to twist the truth to try and protect himself.

However, Jonathan has insisted that his character will face “retributions” for his character’s horrific actions.

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When asked on Thursday’s (13 July) ‘Loose Women’ how his character’s story might end, he explained: “We’re heading towards a court case, as we know, so it’s going to trial.

“And, you know. There’s kind of a duty of care or responsibility to the audience, and therefore there will be some form of retribution. But I can’t say.”

Panellist Anne Diamond then suggested that it should also be portrayed “truthfully” as “not everyone’s story happens justly”, to which Jonathan added: “That’s true enough, yeah.”

This corresponds with a similar sexual assault storyline carried out on ‘EastEnders’ a few years ago, in which Dean Carter got away with the rape of his aunt, Linda, which producers said at the time was specifically to highlight to viewers that not all attackers are brought to justice in cases of sexual abuse.

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Jonathan Wrather

During his ‘Loose Women’ interview, Jonathan also spoke of the pressure to portray the storyline accurately, claiming: “The writing has been fantastic, we’ve had researchers on it, Zoe [Henry] and I, we both did our own research, and we wanted to make [the storyline] as truthful as possible.

“We had that responsibility to our audience, and people who have been in similar coercive types of relationships.

“There is a common perception that the perpetrator is a predatory male, after-dark, down a dark alley… it’s not. It’s much closer to home, and it has much more innocuous beginnings, that then escalates into something much more.”

‘Loose Women’ airs every weekday from 12.30pm on ITV.

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