Andrew Lancel denies sex charges

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 April 2013
Andrew Lancel

Andrew Lancel

Former Coronation Street star Andrew Lancel has denied six counts of indecent assault of a child under 15

Former 'Coronation Street' star Andrew Lancel has denied child sex allegations.

The actor, who played Frank Foster in the ITV soap, has pleaded not guilty to six counts of indecent assault of a child under 15.

Andrew, 42, was charged last November under his real name Andrew Watkinson. His wife, Louise, accompanied him to Liverpool Crown Court yesterday (15.04.13).

The charges relate to one male victim, with the offences said to have taken place between 1993 and 1994, the court heard.

Andrew - who also appeared as Detective Inspector Neil Manson in 'The Bill' - was granted bail until his trial starts on June 3.

In December the actor quit a starring role in pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty' in Liverpool and vowed to clear his name. He left 'Coronation Street' in March when his character was murdered by his own mother.

Earlier this year, 'Coronation Street' actor Michael Le Vell - who has played mechanic Kevin Webster for 30 years in the ITV soap - strenuously denied 19 child sex charges.

He has been written out of the soap until his trial - which will start on September 2 and is expected to last three weeks - is over.

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