LE VELL, who plays mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, faces 19 charges which include rape and indecent assault.
CORRIE bosses will offer Michael Le Vell a year-long £250,000 contract if he is found not guilty of child sex offences at his trial in September.
The ITV soap have vowed to stand by their star, who plays mechanic Kevin Webster, since he was charged in February.
The contract offer means he could return as soon as November if he is cleared of 19 charges, which include rape and indecent assault.
The actor, real name Michael Turner, has vowed to prove his innocence at Manchester Crown Court. He has been in regular touch with Street producers Kieron Roberts and Stephen Blackburn since being charged.
The storyline has Kevin in Germany looking after his sick dad, meaning he can make a quick return.
Last night a friend said the bumper 12-month deal had left the star delighted.
The pal added: “Michael has been through two years of hell and he still has a job to clear his name.
“That remains his main focus. He is taking nothing for granted. He has not been suspended from work so the news of the contract, assuming he is cleared in September, means he can look forward to returning to the job he has loved and dedicated himself to for 30 years.
“It means he can start to put his life back together.”
A show source said: “We would love to have Michael back on the Street. We all have our fingers crossed.”
Le Vell and ITV refused to comment last night.
The dad-of-two is divorced from his actress wife Janette Beverley. He is now with Chilean Blanca Fouche.
The Daily Record