'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.