Le Vell's accuser faces court quiz

Le Vell's accuser faces court quiz

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell arrives at Manchester Crown Court

Court artist sketch of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell in the dock at Manchester Crown Court where he is accused of raping a young girl (Elizabeth Cook)

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell denies all charges

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell denies all charges

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell arrives at Manchester Crown Court

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A girl who claims Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell raped her as she clutched a teddy bear will be cross-examined by the actor's defence barrister.

On Monday the girl broke down in tears in the witness box as she told the jury of the alleged abuse.

The actor leant forward in his seat, his face almost touching the glass screen in the dock, grimacing, closing his eyes and repeatedly shaking his head as the girl gave evidence.

The witness began weeping minutes after beginning her evidence and sobbed throughout as she answered questions from Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting. Her identity cannot be made public and she gave evidence behind a curtain, screening her from the public gallery at Manchester Crown Court.

She will continue her evidence when she is due to be cross-examined by Le Vell's barrister, Alisdair Williamson.

Earlier the jury was told the actor told the girl "It's OK, 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.

His alleged victim told the court when asked about the alleged abuse: "I was very scared because it didn't feel right. It felt like I wasn't in my body at the time and I was just watching it."

Asked why she did not tell anyone of the alleged abuse, she replied: "Because he told me not to. It was our little secret."

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.

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