Coronation Street's Mikey North has denied reports he kissed his co-star Alison King at the National Television Awards last week.
The Coronation Street cast member, who plays Gary Windass and his co-star Alison King, who plays Carla Connor were filmed speaking closely to each other on January 28, sparking reports they had kissed.
The pair were seen leaning in closely to each other in the middle of the busy O2 Arena in London, but Mikey has released a statement which insists they were only talking.
Mikey told OK! Magazine : "I would like to make one thing clear: I did not kiss my co-star Alison King during the recent National Television Awards. It is beyond ludicrous to suggest that I would or that I did.
"The grainy recording shows me simply speaking into her ear at what was a noisy public event. This report has caused me and my family a great deal of distress.
"I have an amazing wife who I adore and, as incredibly supportive as she is, it is unacceptable that she should have to deal with people seeing this kind of baseless gossip on the front page of a newspaper.
"I am so upset about this, and will not stand by while my personal reputation is tarnished. I have lodged an immediate complaint with the Independent Press Standards Organisation."
Alison King was seen looking visibly worse for wear as she leant in towards Mikey, 33.
A source told The Sun: "Ali has no recollection of kissing Mikey. She is utterly mortified and points to the fact she could barely walk as her only defence.
"She's apologised to everyone who was there and has blamed it on the booze. She literally couldn't stand up.
"There's nothing going on with them and no prior history."
Alison has released a statement which admits that whilst she was intoxicated, and had to leave the event early, she did not kiss Mikey.
She told Mirror Online: "I would like to take this opportunity to say that, whilst it was obvious to see that regrettably I did have too much to drink at the National TV Awards, and chose to leave the event early, I did not kiss my co star Mikey North as has been reported."
Corrie continues tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.