Emmerdale hit with Ofcom complaints over harrowing Victoria Barton rape scene

Emmerdale viewers were shocked after cast member Victoria Barton (Isabel Hodgins) was horrifically raped in last night’s flashback episode by a stranger called Lee.

And some were so outraged that they made official complaints about the pre-watershed scene.

Ofcom has confirmed that 39 complaints were made about the scene last night, according to metro.co.uk.

The episode, which aired at 7pm last night on ITV, explained what had happened to Victoria durning the Big Night Out. 

“We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate”

Ofcom spokesperson

Victoria befriended stranger Lee, with the pair getting food together before heading back to the village.

He claimed he wanted to make sure she got home safely, however when the pair were at the front door, he pressured his way inside.

Victoria later asked him to leave so he promised to call a cab – however it turned out he lied.

She then demanded he call one again and left him to get herself ready for bed.

However, as she did this, he appeared in the doorway and staged a brutal attack.

The upsetting scenes also featured Victoria’s screams being heard through the closed bedroom door.

An Ofcom spokesperson told metro.co.uk: “We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.”

A spokesperson for Emmerdale also told the publication: “This episode was fully complied in line with the broadcasting code and was clearly signposted pre transmission.

“Victoria’s story may at times be uncomfortable to watch, but ITV has always tackled hard hitting and true to life storylines head on.

“In doing so, we hope it allows people who may be similarly affected to come forward and speak out.’

Tonight’s episodes will show the aftermath of Victoria’s admission about the rape to Moira as Moira tries to help her come to terms with her harrowing ordeal.

Emmerdale airs tonight on ITV at 7pm and 8pm.

Rape Crisis England & Wales an be contacted on 0808 802 9999 or email [email protected]

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