Michael Le Vell bailed after court appearance
Michael Le Vell was bailed following his appearance at Manchester Magistrates Court today (27.02.13), where he spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during an eight-minute hearing
Michael Le Vell was bailed following his appearance in court today (27.02.13).
The 'Coronation Street' actor - who has played mechanic Kevin Webster for 30 years in the ITV soap - appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court under his real name of Michael Turner accused of 19 child sex offences, including six counts of allegedly raping a child, and spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.
The 48-year-old star - who will not appear in the long-running programme until his trial is over - looked tearful as he was rushed out of court by security following the eight-minute hearing.
Michael was bailed on condition he surrenders his passport, does not contact named witnesses and does not have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 14, and he nodded to District Judge Khalid Qureshi when he was asked if he understood the conditions.
The judge asked the actor's solicitor Richard Gowthorpe whether there was any indication of plea, to which he replied: "No indication of plea today other than the fact that the charges are contested, and will be fully contested in the Crown Court."
The matter was adjourned to Manchester Crown Court on March 20.
Earlier this month, the father-of-two said he will put "all his efforts" into clearing his name after being charged with the alleged offences, which relate to one complaint and all took place between 2001 and 2010, the court was told today.
He said in a statement: "I would like to make it quite clear that following the serious allegations that have been brought against me on Thursday February 14 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."