Chris Fountain has apologized profusely after being unmasked as The Phantom.
In easily one of the most bizarre entertainment stories of the year, Chris Fountain, the clean-cut star of Coronation Street and Dancing On Ice - has been exposed as the mysterious YouTube rapper The Phantom.
Fountain, who plays mechanic Tommy Duckworth on the long-running soap, said he is "deeply ashamed of the lyrics" in the raps, which include themes of rape and murder.
The songs include lines like: "I will f*** anybody up in the worst way, rape a b***h on her birthday," and "I'm a motherf***ing demon, I'll stab you in the face with a diseased needle."
Fountain's unmasking led to a lot of professional trouble for the actor.
Chris Fountain, an actor known for portraying Tommy Duckswoth on the long-running soap opera Coronation Street, has been suspended from the show after his reveal as the masked rapper, The Phantom. Alter egos might generally be a bit passé at this point, but Fountain’s gig on the side was controversial enough to land him in hot water with the family friendly programme.
Fountain made and released the recordings a year ago.
The recordings, which started the fire were reportedly made a year ago, but only recently saw the light of day. The videos, along with pictures of the mysterious rapper were first posted on the blog of hip hop group West Yorkshire Cypher (Fountain hails from Brandford) and the videos have now (mostly) been made private. However, this was not until The Sun managed to reveal the actor’s secret identity and reach out to his employers. Fountain himself has apologized and claimed he was “deeply ashamed” of the offensive lyrics. His raps often featured references to rape, drug abuse and violence. In a statement, quoted by The Independent, the actor claimed: “I would like to sincerely apologise for any offence I have caused. I am deeply ashamed by the lyrics and very much regret my behaviour.“
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