Coronation Street’s Shelley King has revealed that the ending to the shocking Geoff and Yasmeen Metcalfe abuse storyline might be changed.
Yasmeen is set to confront her husband (Ian Bartholomew) as things come to a head in tonight’s episode – however, the soap having to halt production has left things a little bit in limbo.
‘I don’t know just how much of that bit that we’ve already filmed is going to go forward,’ she admitted.
‘We were stopped in mid-stream…it’s going to be very difficult, it depends how much we’re allowed to do.
‘I don’t know how much you’ve heard about being filmed will go forward,’ Shelley went on to say.
Speaking about the upcoming dramatic episode, the actress corrected presenter Eamonn Holmes when he referred to it as ‘retaliation’.
‘I wouldn’t actually call it retaliation, it started two years ago and if you take a look back at Geoff’s introduction…we all love him,’ Shelley explained.
‘But it’s been a slow drip and gradual escalation of abuse.’
She added; ‘It’s not an attack, she’s defending herself, it’s an instinct, she’s a cornered animal…all she does is defend herself.
‘She doesn’t even know in that moment what is happening to her.’
She went on to say: ‘All Yasmeen is thinking of in the scene tonight is her survival.’
Yasmeen was left in fear of her life during the latest episode, as Geoff discovered that she’d been putting clothes in a secret holdall as a precaution — so that she’d be ready to leave him when the time came.
As a result, he emptied the contents of said holdall into a garden waste bin, and set all of her belongings on fire — forcing her to watch from the window.
Later on in the episode, the pair are embroiled in a struggle, where Yasmeen grabs a wine bottle, before Geoff slumps to the ground.
Who to call if you need help
For emotional support you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, run by Refuge and Women’s Aid, on 0808 2000 247.
If you are in an LGBT relationship you can also call the helpline run by Broken Rainbow and Galop UK, on 0300 999 5428 or 0800 9995428.
Male victims can call also the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.
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