Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Never in a Million Years Am I Guilty, le Vell Told Child Rape Case Detective

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Never in a Million Years Am I Guilty, le Vell Told Child Rape Case Detective

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

CORONATION STREET actor Michael Le Vell branded the girl he is alleged to have raped as "seriously deluded", a jury heard today.

In interviews with police, he insisted the abuse "never happened in a million years".

At first he did admit once getting into the bed in which the girl was sleeping, claiming he had been disorientated and it was "innocent". But later he denied actually getting into the bed. Asked by a detective: "Did you touch X?", he replied: "No."

"Did you put your arm around her?" the officer pressed. Le Vell answered: "No, and if I did I wasn't under the sheets. It wasn't anything sexual."

The actor, on trial under his real name of Michael Turner, went on: "That girl is seriously deluded. I can't believe the allegations... they're absolute nonsense.

She's telling a pack of lies."

Asked why she would have made such allegations, he replied: "All I can think of is if she's hurt or wants more drama in her life. I've not got a clue. I just can't fathom where it's come from. I wouldn't do it, I couldn't do it."

The officer told Le Vell bluntly that he had raped the girl at the ages of six, nine and 10. "No," the actor said. "[It] didn't happen, didn't happen... never in a million years."

He described his sex life as "just normal", adding: "No fetishes, no tying up, no chains and whips or anything like that."

Details of the police interviews were revealed on the fourth day of the trial at Manchester crown court. The star, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, has pleaded not guilty to 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 is said to have abused the girl between September 2002 and September 2010, allegedly raping her while she clutched a teddy bear on one occasion. …

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