British soap star BEN FREEMAN has been charged with rape after allegedly attacking a 16-year-old girl in Barbados on Wednesday (29NOV06). The 26-year-old actor, who plays mechanic SCOTT WINDSOR in popular UK soap EMMERDALE, has been freed on $10,150 (GBP5,125) bail after appearing in court on the Caribbean island yesterday (02DEC06). He is due to reappear before magistrates in Bridgetown, the island's capital, on Tuesday (04DEC06), and his passport has been confiscated. The attack is alleged to have taken place at the luxury Almond Beach Village hotel in St Peter, where Freeman has been holidaying with his father and sister.