Corrie's Le Vell pleads not guilty
Published 17/05/2013 | 14:50
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell, 48, today entered not guilty pleas to a series of alleged child sex offences at Manchester Crown Court.
The star, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, answered "Not guilty" 19 times in a clear, strong voice as each of the individual charges were put to him by the clerk during the brief hearing at Manchester Crown Court.
The 48-year-old is charged under his real name of Michael Turner with 19 offences in all, including six counts of raping a child, six allegations of indecently assaulting a child and seven counts of sexual activity with a child.
The alleged offences relate to one complainant and all took place between 2001 and 2010.
A trial date was set for Sepetember 2 2013. Le Vell will remain on bail.
Earlier, photographers and TV camera crews swarmed around the actor as he arrived at court with his legal team and a minder.
Le Vell, from Hale, Cheshire, was first arrested in September 2011 and questioned over child sex allegations but the matter was later dropped.
However in January, the Crown Prosecution Service said it was in the public interest to charge him with the current offences following a review of evidence.
The father of two, originally from Manchester, is one of TV's most famous faces after playing garage owner and mechanic Kevin Webster for the past 30 years.