Christmas Corrie return for Michael Le Vell?
Michael Le Vell could be back in 'Coronation Street' by Christmas if he is cleared of sex charges, with his trial set to start on September 2
Michael Le Vell is reportedly set to return to 'Coronation Street' by Christmas if he is cleared of child sex charges.
The 48-year-old star - who has played mechanic Kevin Webster in the show for 30 years - has been accused of 19 child sex offences, all of which he strenuously denies, but he has a "spring in his step" after being told he can go back to the show if found not guilty.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Michael has been told that once the court case is over, if he has been cleared, then he will be back filming on the show as quickly as he wants.
"It's given him something to focus on and has made him more positive. He has a spring in his step. Ideally, he wants to be back this side of Christmas."
Michael looked in a joyous mood as he joked with photographers and fans outside a hearing at Manchester Crown Court yesterday (21.03.13), where he was told his trial - which is expected to last three weeks - will start on September 2.
One well-wisher shouted: "Go on, Kevin lad."
Michael replied: "Cheers, pal."
The father-of-two was bailed following an appearance in court on February 27 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.
Last month, Michael - who has been appearing in court under his real name Michael Robert Turner - vowed to 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.
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."
'Coronation Street' bosses have written Michael out of the soap until his trial is over.