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Shamed British soap star fired over rap videos

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Aug 19, 2013 | 7:07pm EDT

Shamed British actor Chris Fountain has been fired from the cast of U.K. soap opera Coronation Street after he was unmasked as the faceless rapper behind a sick new video. The 25 year old rapped about committing acts of violence and raping women in expletive-filled videos he posted on YouTube.com under his hip-hop alter-ego The Phantom, while wearing a Halloween mask. Fountain had been suspended from the long-running show, but now TV bosses have confirmed his contract has been terminated "as a result of the unacceptable comments he made in a number of online clips". The star had issued a statement to apologise for the videos' content, insisting, "I am deeply ashamed by the lyrics and very much regret my behaviour. The videos were made over a year ago when I was experimenting with music and I've not done anything like it since, nor will I."

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