The actor, who plays garage boss Kevin Webster, will appear at Manchester Crown Court today under his real name of Michael Robert Turner
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell will make his first appearance in Crown Court today accused of 19 child sex offences.
The star, who has played Corrie garage boss Kevin Webster for 30 years, will appear at Manchester Crown Court under his real name of Michael Robert Turner.
The 48-year-old faces six counts of raping a girl under 16, six counts of indecent assault of a girl under 16 and seven counts of non-penetrative sexual touching of a girl under 13.
The incidents relate to one complainant and allegedly happened between 2001 and 2010.
Le Vell appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court last month and is on bail on condition he surrenders his passport, does not contact named witnesses and does not have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 14.
He has not yet entered a plea but has stated publicly he is innocent and will fight the allegations through the courts.
He was initially arrested in September 2011 and questioned over alleged child sex offences. It was later announced that the case had been dropped.
But after a review by the Crown Prosecution Service he was re-arrested and charged earlier this month.
Le Vell, a father of two who split from his wife of 26 years Janette Beverley last year, has denied any wrongdoing.
He recently insisted: “I am innocent of these charges and intend to fight them vigorously.”
ITV has said he will not be appearing in the soap until his trial is over.
by Paul Cockerton