Michael Le Vell cleared of charges
- Bang Showbiz
- 2 January 2012
Michael Le Vell will not be prosecuted over allegations he sexually abused a child several years ago because of ''insufficient evidence''
Michael Le Vell is "very happy" after child sex abuse charges against him were dropped.
The 'Coronation Street' actor was holidaying abroad when he learned the allegations he molested a school girl several years ago would not be pursued further by police due to "insufficient evidence".
Michael's brother-in-law Ian Westcott told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "He's very happy. The family are too. He's doing OK."
Prosecutors in Manchester released a statement confirming the actor - who has played mechanic Kevin Webster in the soap for 27 years - will not be charged with any offence.
Referring to the star by his real name, Nazir Afzal, chief CPS prosecutor in the North West, said: "I have decided Michael Turner will not face any charges in relation to allegations of an historic sexual assault against a child. Following police inquiries I have concluded there is insufficient evidence to put before a court."
The news Michael - who was arrested in September following the complaint - will not be charged has come as a relief to 'Coronation Street' bosses.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "There was never any doubt of Michael's innocence in the eyes of the cast and crew. Bosses took a big risk because the damage to the reputation of 'Coronation Street' would have been huge had he been charged.
"But they stood by their man and they, and him, have been vindicated."