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Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell cleared of all charges
3:18pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
CORONATION Street actor Michael Le Vell has today been found not guilty of 12 child sex charges.
The star was cleared of all the charges against him by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.
Le Vell, 48, who has played garage mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV1 soap for 30 years, was accused of sexually assaulting and raping the youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
He denied 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 had maintained his innocence throughout, telling police the girl's claims were "an absolute pack of lies" and the "jury that he was fighting for his life".
He mouthed thank you to the jury and raised his hand to them after he was cleared of each of the 12 counts.
He held his head up as the male foreman began giving the verdicts.
On the fourth count of not guilty he nodded his head in agreement with them.
His brother and sisters, who sat in the public gallery, were in tears as the verdicts were delivered.
One man shouted "Get in" when the last verdict was read out.
Le Vell looked round in confusion before he left the dock and was hugged by a supporter.
Cries of relief were then heard as he left the courtroom a free man, with his family members.
The jury deliberated for just short of five hours.