Emmerdale’s Liam will be ‘absolutely devastated’ at Gabby’s harrowing plan to split up him and Leyla

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Emmerdale 's Johnny McPherson, who plays Liam Cavanagh, has spoken out about his character's horror false rape accusation that is upcoming as a storyline.

The soap has confirmed that Liam is subjected to a false rape claim by troubled teen Gabby Thomas, who does not directly accuse him but hints at it heavily.

And she tells his girlfriend Leyla Harding, in her latest attempt to split up the couple due to her jealousy after being abandoned by the rest of her family

Johnny, who is dating Moira Dingle actress Natalie J Robb in real life, explained: "It's not a direct accusation at any point.

Liam will be horrified to learn that Gabby has accused him of a heinous crime

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"But Gabby does sufficiently little for Leyla to get the wrong end of the stick and to think that Liam might have done something untoward."

He went on: "Liam is absolutely devastated, the idea of somebody that you love thinking you're capable of doing some inappropriate with someone who's 18, 19, and has effectively been a daughter, is so outrageously inappropriate.

"It goes beyond being angry or frustrated. He's absolutely devastated."

Gabby refuses to deny that Liam took advantage of her

It remains to be seen if Leyla and Liam can survive this, as Leyla immediately believes Gabby.

"I think to jump to a conclusion as quickly as Leyla does, that will be difficult to get over," said Johnny.

The incident occurs when Leyla walks in on an argument between Liam and Gabby.

Leyla immediately believes Gabby
(Image: ITV)

Later on, Leyla pulls Gabby aside and asks her if Liam has taken advantage of her, and Gabby does not deny it.

Horrified, Leyla loses it with Liam – will Gabby come clean, or is this the end for the couple?

It's not the first time Gabby has tried to split the pair up, and previously she had flowers sent to Meena and pretended that Johnny sent them, infuriating Leyla, who presumed he was cheating.

* Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm on ITV and Thursdays at 8pm