CORONATION Street boss Iain MacLeod has revealed that evil Geoff won’t be redeemed because it’d be “too dangerous” for real life victims of abuse.
Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) and Yasmeen (Shelley King) are at the centre of a coercive control storyline that has shocked fans over the last few weeks.
Viewers have watched in horror as Geoff appears to avoid justice after abusing Yasmeen for months.
But Coronation Street bosses promise the villain will have his comeuppance for his coercive and controlling behaviour.
As she awaits trial for attempted murder, fans are now worried that Geoff will get off scott free, but Corrie boss Iain says this won’t be the case.
Speaking exclusively to HOAR he said: “Typically abusers of this type do not get better so it would be dangerous to redeem Geoff and god willing anyone as evil as Geoff could change, but most cases don’t see the perpetrator just changing the error of their ways.
“I would never want to give any real abusers in the world an opportunity to say ‘well look at Geoff, he can change his life around.’
“It would be a dangerous position to say that the abuser in the story is better when in most realities they aren’t.”
Iain also hinted that things could turn against the evil magician – as his son Tim’s mum could expose the truth.
He said: “It would be highly unlikely that Geoff had never committed these behaviours previously.
“What we have discovered from our research is that perpetrators have a cyclical pattern of behaviour.
Meanwhile, Coronation Street received a huge 276 complaints to Ofcom about Friday night’s episode that saw Yasmeen defend herself from abusive husband Geoff.
In one of the most gruesome scenes ever seen on Corrie, Yasmeen hit Geoff with a wine bottle which breaks after he attacked her with a knife, and then she stabs him in the neck with the broken shards.
The regulator told HOAR it was looking into the complaints and would soon make a decision about whether to further investigate or not.
An Ofcom spokesperson said: “We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.”