Michael Le Vell's Corrie career fear
Michael Le Vell reportedly fears his career will be over even if he clears his name after being charged with 19 child sex offences, all of which he strenuously denies
Michael Le Vell reportedly fears his 'Coronation Street' career will be over - even if he is found not guilty of child sex offences.
The 48-year-old star - who has played mechanic Kevin Webster in the show for 30 years - is determined to prove his innocence after being accused of 19 child sex offences, all of which he strenuously denies, but he is allegedly worried he will be written out of the ITV soap even if he clears his name.
A friend of Michael - who will not appear in the long-running programme until his trial is over - told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "He says he can't imagine the executives welcoming him back with a big blockbuster storyline after weeks of lurid court details.
"He believes Kevin could very well be finished and will be quietly sidelined and then written out.
"He's only really ever had this one job - and now he fears it could be his last.
"But, first things first, he's determined to fight these charges all the way and prove his innocence."
Michael - whose real name is Michael Turner - is said to have lost half a stone since being charged with the offences, which include six counts of allegedly raping a child, and he has suspended his Facebook and Twitter accounts pending the outcome of a case.
The friend added: "He's been paralysed with fear since being charged.
"He thought he was over all this and now the nightmare has returned, twice as bad as before.
"He has a strong circle of close friends and family who didn't doubt his innocence at the time the allegations were first levelled in 2011 - and they don't doubt his innocence now he has been charged.
"But there is a worry that he is not looking after himself.
"He can't help reading and re-reading every word that's been written on the internet about the case.
"He has lost a lot of weight and is not eating properly.
"He says that he just wishes he could fast forward to his trial so he can show the nation he is innocent and get on with the rest of his life.
"But even that is uncertain because he is convinced his career as Kevin Webster is over - whether he is found guilty or not."
The father-of-two is due in Manchester Crown Court on March 20.