Strained face of Street star in dock over child assaults: Father-of-two soap actor faces trial on 19 sex charges

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Spivs Comment

I didn’t believe Turner was innocent the last time as I said in my article Celebrity paedophiles. Admittedly, he switched tactics by shaving of his moustache, but his disguise still didn’t fool me.

Now the odious, little legged paedo turns up at Court  with his chin dragging along the tarmac and a facial expression that says “I fucked up, look how Im suffering. please feel sorry for me”.

Fuck    off      you     pathetic    piece     of     shit.

I really don’t know what it is with these scumbags. They have fame, wealth and health and still they aren’t happy. 

I hope when he’s sentenced, Judge Paedophile O’Nonce takes Turners last Court appearance into account. 

I Fucking hate child molesters. 

1.2.3… And Cue the “Oi you cunt! Iv’e got a moustache and I’m not a paedo” brigade.

 

  • Actor, 48, appeared under his real name Michael Turner
  • Accused of raping, indecently assaulting and sexual activity with a child

By JAYA NARAIN

 

Case: Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell, who has been charged with 19 child sex offences, looked tearful as he left Manchester Magistrates Court today Case: Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell, who has been charged with 19 child sex offences, looked tearful as he left Manchester Magistrates Court

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell looked tired and haggard when he appeared in court yesterday charged with sexual offences against a child.

The 48-year-old, who plays garage mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV1 series, stood in the dock before a packed courtroom.

Appearing under his real name, Michael Turner, the soap star arrived for an eight-minute hearing at Manchester City Magistrates’ Court, just a few hundred yards from the Granada Studios where he has filmed for the past 30 years.

Le Vell is charged with 19 sexual offences against a child including rape, indecent assault and sexual activity.

The alleged sex offences all relate to one child and took place between 2001 and 2010, the court was told. Le Vell arrived flanked by minders and stood in the glass-panelled dock.

The father-of-two, who wore a light grey suit, white shirt and black tie, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

District Judge Khalid Qureshi asked Richard Gowthorpe, defending, if there was any indication of plea, to which Mr Gowthorpe replied: ‘No indication of plea other than the fact that the charges are contested, and will be fully contested in the crown court.’

Le Vell was bailed on condition that he surrenders his passport, does not contact witnesses and does not have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 14.

He left court looking tearful and distressed as members of the public looked on. The actor was first arrested at his £750,000 home in Hale, Cheshire, in September 2011 after a teenage girl claimed he had sexually assaulted her.


First appearance: During the eight-minute hearing Le Vell only spoke to confirm his name, address and date of birth for the case was sent up to crown courtFirst appearance: During the eight-minute hearing Le Vell (right) only spoke to confirm his name, address and date of birth before the case was sent up to crown court

Pack: Security surround the actor as he is rushed out of the magistrates' court this morningPack: Security surrounds the actor as he is rushed out of the magistrates’ court this morning

Stalwart: Michael Le Vell, real name Michael Turner, has been in the ITV soap since 1983

Stalwart: Michael Le Vell, real name Michael Turner, has been in the ITV soap since 1983 and is one of the the country’s biggest soap stars

TV personality: Michael Le Vell as Kevin Webster with Sally Whittaker who plays his on screen wife Sally Webster in Coronation StreetTV personality: Michael Le Vell as Kevin Webster with Sally Whittaker who plays his on screen wife Sally Webster in Coronation Street

But three months later, after a police investigation, prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to take the allegations to court.

At the time Le Vell said he was ‘delighted’ to have been ‘completely exonerated’ and was said to be relieved he was able to continue his Coronation Street career.

 

He thanked police for their ‘thorough investigation’ and expressed his gratitude to fans and the Coronation Street cast for their loyal support during ‘a most difficult and upsetting phase in my life’. Le Vell returned to the show after a short break and was recently involved in some of its main storylines.

But earlier this month it was announced that after a review of the evidence, he had been charged with 19 sex offences. At the time Le Vell, who split from Janette Beverley, his wife of 25 years, last year, said he intended to fight all the charges ‘vigorously’.

Accused : Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has been charged with 19 child sex offences, pictured with his wife Janette Beverley, who he split with last year Accused : Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has been charged with 19 child sex offences, pictured with his wife Janette Beverley, who he split with last year

 

Court: Le Vell's hearing today lasted less than ten minutes where he did not enter a plea, but his solicitor did say he would not accept the charges Court: Le Vell’s hearing lasted less than ten minutes where he did not enter a plea, but his solicitor did say he would not accept the charges

Scrum: There was a huge scrum outside the court as the actor arrived to face charges he 'vigorously' deniesScrum: There was a huge scrum outside the court as the actor arrived to face charges he ‘vigorously’ denies

He said: ‘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.’

Le Vell, who trained at  Oldham Theatre Workshop, first appeared as mechanic Kevin  Webster in 1983.

One of the longest-serving actors on the soap, he has been suspended until the conclusion of the case.

An ITV 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.’

Le Vell is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court next month.

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