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Corrie: Michael Le Vell found "not guilty"
Topic Started: Sep 10 2013, 10:26 AM (229 Views)
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http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/s3/coronation-street/news/a514219/coronation-street-actor-michael-le-vell-found-not-guilty-on-all-charges.html

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Michael Le Vell has been found not guilty of all charges against him.

The Coronation Street actor had been accused of five counts of rape, three of indecent assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child, and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Speaking outside the court as he walked free, Le Vell said: "We're all delighted obviously. It's a big weight off everyone's shoulders and I'd just like to thank my fantastic legal team...my family for their support, security, and I'd like to thank ITV for their continued support throughout this traumatic time for all of us."

His trial had started in Manchester on September 2.

Le Vell, real name Michael Turner, had denied all charges, which came from one complainant and were claimed to have taken place between 2001 and 2010.

When asked earlier by his barrister Alisdair Williamson if he was guilty of any of the crimes he was accused of, Le Vell told the jury: "No, I promise you, never in a million years would I do anything like that, never."

He added that he was "devastated" by the allegations and that he did not understand why he had been accused of these things.

The 48-year-old has not appeared in his Coronation Street role as Kevin Webster while legal proceedings were ongoing.

Le Vell was previously arrested and questioned over the alleged child offences in September 2011, but the matter was later dropped.

The character of Kevin has been appearing on Coronation Street since 1983.

Speaking after the verdict was announced, a spokeswoman for Coronation Street said: "We are looking forward to meeting with Michael to discuss his return to the programme."
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