CORONATION Street’s Paul Foreman will leave Kel in a coma after he attacks him for abusing him as a teenager.
In upcoming scenes, the grooming victim will violently lash out at his abuser after finally understanding his childhood trauma.
Things to start to sink in for Paul after Billy pays Kel a visit with a photograph of him aged 14.
He tells Kel that vicar Billy Mayhew thinks he has been a victim of sexual grooming.
A shocked Kel tries to convince Paul – who’s played by Peter Ash in the ITV soap – that this was never the case and that they loved each other, but he also urges Paul to tell Billy nothing happened between them.
Paul is left torn and is found drowning his sorrows in the Rovers by concerned Billy, but he makes it very clear that he doesn’t want to talk about it.
Later, a drunk Paul confronts Kel and tries to kiss him. But when Kel pushes him away it hits Paul that he only fancied him when he was a young boy.
A furious Paul sees red and punches Kel, knocking him unconscious.
Kel is soon found in the alley and Paul admits to Gemma that he gave him a beating, but refuses to say why.
Meanwhile Gemma – Dolly-Rose Campbell – begs Bernie not to grass up her own son while Paul confesses to Billy that he’s left Kel in a coma.
Billy pleads with Paul to go to the police and admit his crime but explain that Kel abused him.
It was revealed back in August that Paul would be horrified when his evil peado step-dad arrived back in his life.
Coronation Street producers and writers have been working closely with Survivors Manchester on the story.
Producer Iain MacLeod said: “Gemma and Paul’s family background has always been fascinating to me – the inseparable bond of twins but with a huge fault-line down the middle, which we’ve hinted at but never explained.
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“This story sensitively explores something that is tragically all too common in families in the real world and will highlight the way these painful events still reverberate many years later.
“It will, I hope, allow people who have survived similar abuse and perhaps suffered in silence to find their voice and speak up.”
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