Sunday 19 January 2020

'Coronation Street' actor denies 19 child sex offences

Michael Le Vell, the 'Coronation Street' actor, has denied a series of child sex offences in an appearance in court.

The father of two, who plays 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, who split from his wife last year, is charged with 19 offences, 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.

Yesterday's hearing was for the defendant to enter his pleas and arrange administrative matters for a forthcoming trial later this year.

Eleanor Laws, prosecuting, asked for the indictment to be put to the defendant, addressed as Michael Robert Turner, who then denied all the charges.

Irish Independent

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