LONDON, May 14 (UPI) --
British soap opera star William Roache appeared at Preston Magistrates' Court in London and denied recent allegations he raped a 15-year-old girl in 1967.
Roache, 81, has been a cast member of TV's "Coronation Street" since the series began in 1960.
The actor was arrested May 1 and charged with two counts of rape after a woman came forward and said he sexually assaulted her when she was a youth.
ITV has said Roache will not appear on the show until legal proceedings are complete.
He is due back in court June 10, the BBC said.
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