Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'm Innocent and I'll Prove It, Says Sex-Charge le Vell ; Actor Vows to Clear His Name over Allegations

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'm Innocent and I'll Prove It, Says Sex-Charge le Vell ; Actor Vows to Clear His Name over Allegations

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CORONATION Street actor Michael Le Vell has insisted he is innocent after being charged with child sex offences.

The veteran soap actor was charged on Thursday with 19 sex offences, including raping a child and indecently assaulting a child.

But the 48-year-old actor, whose real name is Michael Turner, said in a statement that he is innocent of all charges and will "fight them vigorously".

He 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. I thank my friends, family and fans for their continued support. I would ask now for time to concentrate on preparing my defence with my legal team."

ITV has already said the actor will not be appearing in any further episodes of the soap pending the outcome of legal proceedings. …

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