A dark new storyline for Carla (Alison King) is expected to begin next month when she is subjected to a physical and sexual assault from Frank, who loses control when she calls off plans to marry him.
According to the Daily Star today, Frank (Andrew Lancel) will seek revenge after Carla reports her ordeal to the police - targeting her business in a bid to cause further pain.
It is thought that Frank will recruit thugs to storm into the factory and swipe items, including a number of sewing machines. Carla quickly realises that she can do nothing to stop what is happening as the twisted villain owns half of the business.
A Coronation Street source told the newspaper: "Carla is left physically abused by the attack and this rubs salt into the wounds."
Coronation Street bosses are understood to have thoroughly researched Carla's new storyline with the help of rape charities and support groups.
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