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Le Vell arrives for child sex trial
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has arrived at court to face trial for a series of child sex offences.
The star, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, is facing 12 charges in all - 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.
He arrived at Manchester Crown Court wearing a light grey suit and was met by large group of photographers, TV crews and reporters. The actor, who was with his legal team and a minder, said "good morning" to the media as he arrived.
The alleged offences relate to one complainant and are said to have taken place between September 2002 and September 2010. The law protects complainants in sexual offence cases and they cannot be named.
The 48-year-old actor, who lives in Hale, Cheshire, is charged under his real name of Michael Turner. He denies all charges.
The father of two, originally from Manchester, is one of TV's most famous faces after playing Kevin Webster for the past 30 years.
Le Vell began his showbusiness career at the Oldham Theatre Workshop after taking an interest in amateur dramatics while at school.
He first joined Coronation Street in 1983 and quickly endeared himself to fans, who have followed the trials and tribulations of Kevin, from Brian Tilsley's apprentice mechanic through to his stormy marriage to Sally, played by Sally Dynevor, and fathering two girls, Rosie and Sophie.
The actor split from his wife, Janette Beverley, last year.
ITV has said he will not be appearing in any further episodes of the soap pending the outcome of legal proceedings. His trial before Judge Michael Henshell is scheduled to last around two weeks.