The broadcasting regulator announced that they will not investigate the ITV soap after a “graphic” pre-watershed episode drew several complaints.
TV watchdog Ofcom received complaints about the scenes involving Bethany Platt (played by Lucy Fallon) and Nathan Curtis (Chris Harper), which aired on February 17, although subsequent episodes are currently under assessment.
A spokesperson for the regulator said: “We assessed complaints about this storyline. We concluded the content was neither graphic nor violent, and took into account Coronation Street’s established role in covering challenging or distressing social issues.”
In the episode, Nathan manipulated the 16-year-old by arranging for her to get drunk before taking her back to his house.
It comes after Coronation Street boss Kate Oates defended the scenes, telling Express.co.uk: “Bethany’s story has been crafted over many months, to create an awareness for viewers about the dangers of grooming.
“Her journey has begun in a way many young people will recognise: through feelings of low self-worth. Bethany’s story is a challenging watch: but we hope it will encourage open discussion amongst friends and families about self-esteem, confidence and most importantly, safety.”
Ofcom also revealed that it had assessed an episode of Emmerdale broadcast on March 6, after receiving 269 complaints about scenes of violence.
Character Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) received homophobic abuse over the suicide of his father during the episode.
The regulator announced that they would not be investigating the episode further, adding that reference to drug use in the episode was editorially justified.
Ofcom said: “We assessed complaints that a prison storyline, with strong and violent themes, was not suitable for broadcast before the watershed.
“However, the violence was appropriately limited, and clear warnings were provided at the start of the programmes. We also took into account Emmerdale’s established role in presenting sometimes challenging or distressing social issues.”