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Gilly's rape nightmare
Gilly's rape nightmare

Hollyoaks Anthony Quinlan tells Soaplife that Gilly is positive he didn't rape Jacqui but hasn't a clue how to prove it... Gilly's in a terrible mess... Why did he ever get involved with Jacqui? "Lynsey had given him the brush-off and Rhys and Jacqui had a row. Gilly and Jacqui were drowning their sorrows together back at the flat." Now Jacqui says Gilly raped her... What really happened? "They started kissing on the sofa and the next thing you saw was Jacqui getting out of bed. Nobody apart from Jacqui and Gilly knows what happened between them..." But Tom saw them kissing... Did he see anything else? "No. They went into the bedroom and the only two people in that room were Gilly and Jacqui so it's her word against his." Has Gilly tried talking to Jacqui about her allegations? "He's distraught and can't believe it. He tells her that she was more than up for it." But why would Jacqui lie? "Maybe so she doesn't have to take the blame for having sex with him. He thinks she's lying to hide her guilt from Rhys." And Rhys doesn't know who to believe... "Gilly told him it was a drunken one-off but swears it wasn't rape. He can't believe his friend thinks he could be capable of such a thing. He tells Rhys he would never hurt a woman. But Rhys is torn. He's trying to support both of them." Is Gilly innocent? "None of us know. We're playing it that our characters both think they're right. Jacqui believes she's been raped and Gilly's certain the sex was consensual. He's broken by the accusations." Jacqui's reported the rape to the police... Who do they believe? "Put it this way, Gilly's arrested and charged with rape then let out on bail. He's devastated." It's a horrible scenario. He could go to prison... Catch Hollyoaks weeknights at 6.30 on Channel 4.

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.