'Corrie' actor in child sex probe cut from show
Published 16/02/2013 | 04:00
'Coronation Street' actor Michael Le Vell who has been charged with child sex offences, will not be appearing in any further episodes pending the outcome of legal proceedings, ITV said.
Mr Le Vell (48), whose real name is Michael Turner, is accused of 19 sex offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.
ITV said: "Given the serious nature of these charges, Michael Le Vell will not be appearing in 'Coronation Street' pending the outcome of legal proceedings. It would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this time."
Mr Le Vell, a stalwart on the series, will appear in court in two weeks' time, Greater Manchester Police said.
The father of two was not charged with offences after his initial arrest in September 2011 and the investigation was dropped three months later, when the authorities said there would be no further action taken as there was not enough evidence to charge him.
At the time the actor said he was "delighted" to have been "completely exonerated", thanked police for their "thorough" investigation and 'Coronation Street' staff and the public for their support.
Mr Le Vell vowed to put the allegations behind him and returned to the show after a short break and is now currently involved in some of the soap's main storylines.
He is one of television's most famous faces after playing car mechanic Kevin Webster for the past 30 years in the long-running soap.
Mr Le Vell, originally from Manchester, began his acting career in the Oldham Theatre Workshop after taking an interest in amateur dramatics while at school.
He first joined the show in 1983 and quickly endeared himself to fans who have followed the trials and tribulations of Kevin, from Brian Tilsley's apprentice mechanic through to his stormy marriage to Sally, played by Sally Dynevor, and fathering two teenage girls as well as a child from his affair with Molly Dobbs.
The actor split from his wife, Janette Beverley, last year.