Sunday 18 February 2018

I'm devastated by allegations of sex abuse, Corrie star Le Vell tells court

'CORONATION Street' star Michael Le Vell told a jury he is "devastated and lost" after being accused of child sex abuse.

The actor (48) spoke in a trembling voice as he was asked by his lawyer Alisdair Williamson how he felt at being accused of the rape and sex abuse of a young girl.

In a packed and hushed courtroom Mr Le Vell replied: "How do I feel? I'm devastated, I'm lost. I don't understand where it's come from. It's left such a big hole in life.

"I'm like a lost soul and I still want to get to the bottom of why this has happened to me and why I'm being accused of this, because I know none of this happened.

"I have been walking around for the last two years just not knowing."

The star, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, is accused of 12 charges in all: 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.

The alleged offences relate to one complainant and are said to have taken place between September 2002 and September 2010. He is alleged to have raped the girl while she clutched a teddy bear during one attack.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wept as she told Manchester Crown Court Mr Le Vell told her it was their "little secret".

Addressing the defendant by his real name, Michael Turner, his lawyer continued: "Mr Turner, I want to ask you this: have you ever put your hands on this girl, had sex with her?"

He replied: "No, never."

Mr Williamson said: "Took off her clothes . . . oral sex?"

Mr Le Vell replied: "Never in a million years would I do anything like that."

Cross-examining Mr Le Vell, prosecuting barrister Eleanor Laws's opening question was: "Nervous?"

He replied: "As anyone in this position would be."

Mr Le Vell agreed with Ms Laws that it was his case that the alleged victim had told lie after lie.

And it was his stance that those lies were maintained in front of the jury.

Ms Laws said: "Pretty good performance, don't you think? If she is lying, very convincing, wasn't it?

"Almost Oscar-winning?"

Mr Le Vell replied: "I don't know what you mean by Oscar performance. I couldn't really see, I could only hear."

Ms Laws continued: "And the thing is that you just don't know why (she is lying)?"

The actor said: "No, I don't."

"Unless it is quite simple – you did these things and she is just telling the truth," said the barrister.

"That is one option, but you don't agree with it?"

"No, I don't agree with it," he said.

Ms Laws said: "You were a bit tearful earlier?"

Le Vell said: "I wouldn't say tearful."

The barrister continued: "A bit shaky?"

He said: "Yes. It's a new experience for me."

Ms Laws said: "It has never been more important for you to be more persuasive than you have ever been today."

The actor said: "I would not say persuasive. I am just here to tell the truth."

The barrister went on: "It has never been more important for people watching you to believe you, has it?"

He said: "I don't know what you are trying to say."

Ms Laws compared his need to be persuasive to an acting job.

Mr Le Vell replied: "It's nothing like an acting job.

"They never teach you to be here and face what I have been faced with for the last two years."

His voice breaking, he added: "I'm fighting for my life."

Mr Le Vell admitted having affairs or one-night stands during his marriage.

Ms Laws asked about the infidelities, adding: "Remember you are on oath."

Ms Laws later continued: "You have a drink problem?"

"Yes," Mr Le Vell said.

"And you have your demons?" Ms Laws asked.

The defendant replied: "It depends what you mean, if you mean demon drink, yes."

The case continues today.

Irish Independent

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