Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell court case for sex crimes started today and on the first day the court heard how the actor has been accused of raping a girl while she held onto a teddy bear.
Michael Le Vell, 48, who appeared at Manchester Crown court today under his real name, Michael Turner to face 12 charges with five counts of rape, three of indecent assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, has been told by the Coronation Street team they are working on story lines for his return if he is found not guilty.
The court heard that Michael Le Vell allegedly told the girl while he allegedly abused her:
“It’s Okay, just keep calm, stay asleep… I’m going to get rid of the evil,”
The Coronation Street actor pleaded not guilty to the charges while the Judge told the jury that the man in the dock is not the character he plays in Coronation Street and they must not get mixed up with his character in the popular soap.
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Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, told the jury that Michael Turner was a heavy drinker and said the abuse when the actor slipped his hand under the girl’s clothing.
Michael Le Vell showed no emotion as he heard the prosecution start their case but according to a source close to the actor, even though Michael Le Vell is confident he will be found not guilty of the charges he is worried that it could kill his career.
The Coronation Street actor who was arrested on September 30th 2011 was told at a later date that no action would be taken but he was later arrested in February 2013 when he was later told that a court case would take place.
The Case Continues