Michael Le Vell Trial days 1 and 2: Coronation Street actor accused of series of child sex offences (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Michael Le Vell Trial days 1 and 2: Coronation Street actor accused of series of child sex offences
5:44pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A GIRL who claims Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell, of Hale, raped her as she clutched a teddy bear has broken down in tears in the witness box as she told of the abuse.
The actor leant forward in his seat, his face almost touching the glass screenin the dock, grimacing, closing his eyes and repeatedly shaking his head as the girl gave evidence.
The witness broke down in tears minutes after beginning, her identity cannot be made public and she gave evidence behind a curtain on September 2, the first day of Le Vell’s trial at Manchester Crown Court.
Earlier the jury were told the actor allegedly told the girl ‘It's okay, just keep calm, stay asleep... I'm going to get rid of the evil’', as he sexually abused her.
Le Vell, 48, 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.
Le Vell, who is on trial under his real name of Michael Turner, denies the offences and shook his head, saying ‘not guilty’ in a strong voice as the charges were put to him before his trial began.
His alleged victim told the court she was ‘very scared’ when the abuse was happening and didn’t tell anyone because ‘he told me not to. It was our little secret’.
She said during one of the alleged rapes Le Vell told her she was safe and that he was just ‘getting rid of all the evil’ that was inside her and stopped her speaking by putting one of her favourite teddy bears over her mouth.
She said: “He just sort of got off me and kissed my left cheek and then left.” The girl said some episodes of the alleged abuse lasted around 10 minutes but ‘felt like a lifetime’.
When Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, asked why she did not tell anyone about the abuse earlier, she said: “I thought I had done something wrong and I could not understand why he was doing it to me.”
Earlier the jury heard that Le Vell is accused of touching the girl sexually, digital penetration and forcing her to touch him indecently, as well as a series of rapes.
Le Vell allegedly told the child: “It's our little secret, no-one needs to know otherwise ... you'll die and the evil will come over you.”
Ms Laws said Le Vell would speak to another adult, who cannot be named for legal reasons, about his problems and referred to a ‘secret’ he had and said to the other person that they would ‘not believe what was inside his head’.
After his arrest Le Vell told officers the allegations were a ‘pack of absolute lies’.
The mother of the alledged victim broke down in tears as she described the moment her daughter told her about the alleged abuse, a court heard on the second day of the trial.
On September 3, the victim's mother sobbed as she relived the moment when she heard about the allegations for the first time.
She said her daughter spoke about the alleged abuse after attending a self-help conference and that her daughter was ‘very calm’ and told her that she remembered the alleged attacks ‘all the time’.
The woman, who cannot be identified, broke down in the witness box and shakily took a drink of water before carrying on.
She described how she went to Le Vell and confronted him after her daughter told her of the alleged abuse.
She told the court: “Before I finished that sentence he said, 'Oh you are joking! This is a joke! It's a joke! You are having a laugh!’”
She said that Le Vell never asked what her daughter had said.
She said her daughter later told her how Le Vell used a teddy bear against her mouth while raping her and he would force the girl to give him oral sex.
The witness said: “In the car she said, 'It's happened a lot more than I'm making out Mummy. It's a lot worse’.”
The trial was adjourned until 2.30pm tomorrow.