Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell charged with child sex offences
- Le Vell who plays Kevin Webster has been charged with 19 offences
- He was first arrested and questioned by police in September 2011
- The charges include raping a child and sexual activity with a child
15 February 2013
Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell has been charged with 19 child sex offences, including raping a child and sexual activity with a child.
Le Vell, 48, who plays mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV1 soap, was originally arrested and questioned in September 2011 over child sex allegations, but no charges were brought.
But Greater Manchester Police confirmed late last night that Le Vell, real name Michael Turner, will appear in court in two weeks time.
The charges relate to offences between 2001 and 2010, police said.
They were brought against the popular actor, who lives in Hale, Cheshire, after a review of evidence by the Crown Prosecution Service.
A police spokesman said last night: 'A man has been charged with 19 child sex offences.
'Michael Turner has been charged with 19 offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.
'He is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates on Wednesday February 27.
'The charges, which were authorised by the CPS following a review of evidence, relate to offences against a child between 2001 and 2010.'
Alison Levitt, QC, principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions, had reviewed a file of evidence in relation to allegations of sexual offences and looked again at a decision previously made not to prosecute.
Ms Levitt said: 'I have very carefully reviewed the evidence in this case and I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Michael Robert Turner with a number of sexual offences.
'I have authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mr Turner with 19 offences, including rape of a child.
'Mr Turner has now been charged with criminal offences and has a right to a fair trial.
'As proceedings are now active, it would be inappropriate to say anything further at this stage.'
Le Vell, a father of two and originally from Manchester, is one of the shows most famous faces, with fans gripped by his tumultuous on and off relationship with on-screen wife Sally, played by Sally Dynevor.
His acting career began in the Oldham Theatre Workshop after he became interested in amateur dramatics at school.
His big break came when he won the part of Kevin Webster after auditioning following another role on the soap, as Neil Grimshaw, a newspaper delivery boy who worked at The Kabin.
He first appeared as Webster in the soap on October 19 1983, moving in with Hilda Ogden as her lodger and getting a job as an apprentice mechanic with Brian Tilsley.
Le Vell has featured in some of Coronation Street's most explosive storylines, most recently Webster's affair with Molly Dobbs.
The actor split from his wife Janette Beverley last year.
But if it's a legitimate child rape their bodies have a way of shutting the whole thing down. There has never been even ONE pregnancy caused by a legitimate rape of a three year old. Proving something. Holy Jesus.
The child victim was probably a hooker
I wonder if it was one of the cast members? I find it hard to believe that our Kevin could do this. Best keep him away from Bessie Street School!
What is Kevin and Sally current storyline now?
And is Tyrone still getting beat up by his wife?
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has said he is innocent of all child sex charges against him and will "fight them vigorously".
Le Vell said: "I would like to make it quite clear that following the serious allegations that have been brought against me on Thursday 14th February 2013, I am innocent of these charges and intend to fight them vigorously.
"I will now put all my efforts into clearing my name and proving my innocence."
ITV has dropped him from further episodes of the show.
Sara Roache memorial Michael Le Vell was first questioned over the child sex allegations in 2011
A spokesman said: "Given the serious nature of these charges, Michael Le Vell will not be appearing in Coronation Street pending the outcome of legal proceedings. It would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this time."
An emergency recast is currently being sought
They should get Colin Farrell to stand in, no one will ever notice the difference.
His future is not looking too Rosie
Perhaps he can get a job on Blue Peter.
He could ask Fiz if she has Hope, R21.
So if they do an emergency recast, who would they cast?
If memory serves when he first faced accusations in 2011 it was a teenage girl?
Is this the same girl or another one?
Interesting that his missus seemed to stand by him when the 2011 accusations were made yet they quietly split after he was cleared .
The press has been surprisingly mum ...
There was always something scuzzy about him, especially recently. He will be written out of the show now after 30 years as if he had never been there .... lets hope he has saved enough as he will never work again - mind you that wont matter if he is in prison.
The girl he had the fling with, Molly, is still dead too .... Kevin finally gets his comeuppance. His lesbian daughter in the show is a drip, and the other one Rosie a real airhead nympho - will we ever see her again either? Who will Sally turn to next? They have made Sally rather unlikeable which is an interesting development ...
This would never happen on EASTENDERS!
Yes nice Sally has got rather bitchy and uppity in recent years, but who can blame her.
She needs hot sex with Jason Grimshaw, the Mr Gay Weatherfield !
But anything is welcome as long as we dont have any more of Carla and Peter .....
Sunita too pays for her infidelity as she gets burnt to a crisp when the Rovers pub goes up in flames (its already been filmed) as they are getting a new pub. The totally repellent Karl goes back to Stella (is she mad?) and Sunita gets kebabbed .... how will the awful Dev and his ghastly voice take it ?