Coronation Street's Shelley King discusses 'disturbing' domestic abuse storyline

The hard-hitting plot hit its darkest moment yet on Wednesday night with 51 complaints to media watchdog Ofcom.

And Coronation Street star Shelley King has discussed her 'disturbing' domestic abuse storyline on the hit ITV soap.

The actress, 64, also teased Friday's special episode where her character Yasmeen Nazir defends herself against husband Geoff Metcalfe's abuse.

Hard-hitting: Coronation Street star Shelley King has discussed her 'disturbing' domestic abuse storyline on the hit ITV soap

Hard-hitting: Coronation Street star Shelley King has discussed her 'disturbing' domestic abuse storyline on the hit ITV soap

During the explosive episode, it will see a struggle ensue between the two characters with Yasmeen grabbing a wine bottle and Geoff collapsing to the floor.

Speaking on Friday's This Morning to Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes via videolink from home, Shelley teased of the upcoming scenes: 'This has been going on, it started two years ago. 

'And if you look back at Geoff's first introduction, he is a hail-fellow-well-met and we seem to love him. We all love him, because he's great.

'But it's been a slow drip, a gradual escalation of abuse so it's not an attack, she's defending herself. It's her instinct, she's a cornered animal… she doesn't even know in that instance what is actually happening to her.'

SPOILER: The actress, 64, also teased Friday's special episode where her character Yasmeen Nazir defends herself against husband Geoff Metcalfe's abuse

SPOILER: The actress, 64, also teased Friday's special episode where her character Yasmeen Nazir defends herself against husband Geoff Metcalfe's abuse

Explosive scenes: During the explosive episode, it will see a struggle ensue between the two characters with Yasmeen grabbing a wine bottle and Geoff collapsing to the floor

Explosive scenes: During the explosive episode, it will see a struggle ensue between the two characters with Yasmeen grabbing a wine bottle and Geoff collapsing to the floor

The soap star added: 'At moments of great stress, operations, accidents. We, in order to survive, can not remember the pain that we are feeling. The incident is blurred. 

'All Yasmeen is thinking of, in the scene that you will see tonight, is her survival and she really can't remember, she is in deep shock. She really can't remember exactly what has happened. All she can remember is Geoff and her being there. 

'Geoff coming to her, the abuse continuing and then he's on the floor. She doesn't even remember the interim.'

Shelley revealed that she worked closely with Women's Aid to tackle the hard-hitting storyline.

Speaking from home: Speaking on Friday's This Morning to Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes via videolink from home, Shelley teased the upcoming scenes

Speaking from home: Speaking on Friday's This Morning to Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes via videolink from home, Shelley teased the upcoming scenes

She said: 'It's been a slow drip, a gradual escalation of abuse so it's not an attack, she's defending herself. It's her instinct, she's a cornered animal… she doesn't even know in that instance what is actually happening to her.'

She said: 'It's been a slow drip, a gradual escalation of abuse so it's not an attack, she's defending herself. It's her instinct, she's a cornered animal… she doesn't even know in that instance what is actually happening to her.'

She said: 'I remember asking the people in Women's Aid if there was any sort of repetitive factor in the process of controlling relationships and although they at first said, 'Well no, they are indiscriminate'. 

'The more we talked about it, there was something that emerged and that is that the perpetrator often seems to target an ostensibly strong person because in a lot of instances people who display strength, strength is just a [mechanism] to protect somebody who is quite vulnerable.

'I think if you look back at Yasmeen's history you will see that she is in fact hugely vulnerable. She's lost her husband, she's lost her son, she's lost her grandson,

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