Emmerdale star Ben Freeman has been charged with rape while on holiday in Barbados, the Foreign Office has confirmed.
The 26-year-old, who plays Scott Windsor in the ITV1 soap, was arrested and charged with the rape of a British woman by police on the Caribbean island earlier this week.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said she could not confirm reports that the victim was a 16-year-old girl.
But the spokeswoman said: “A female British national has reported an alleged rape. That was reported to the Barbadian police on Wednesday, November 29.
“The accused is also a British national and we can confirm his details. The next of kin are aware and both individuals are receiving consular assistance.”
Freeman was due in court in Barbados on Friday but the hearing was postponed.
No details of when he will next appear before magistrates were available at the moment, the Foreign Office spokeswoman said
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Like every accused, Freeman is innocent until proven guilty – but as a public figure, he will pay the price no matter the verdict. Barbados has more than it’s fair share of “incidents” involving the rich and famous – and will continue to do so as long as we maintain our cache of a playground for those kind of folks.
Freeman was staying at the Almond Beach Village when charged.