Andrew Lancel cleared of indecently assaulting boy, 15
- Bang Showbiz
- 10 June 2013
Former 'Coronation Street' star Andrew Lancel, who portrayed Frank Foster in the soap, has been cleared of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy
Former 'Coronation Street' star Andrew Lancel has been cleared of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
The 42-year-old actor - who played Frank Foster in the ITV soap - was accused of four charges of indecent assault against the teenager in 1994 when the youngster was attending a theatre group, but the jury took just 29 minutes to clear him of all counts today (10.06.13).
Upon hearing the verdict at Liverpool Crown Court, Andrew's wife Louise burst into tears in the public gallery and Andrew, from Gateacre in Liverpool, bit his lip before looking to the ceiling.
Andrew - who was on trial under his real name Andrew Watkinson - was charged last November, but pleaded not guilty.
In December 2013, the actor - who also appeared as Detective Inspector Neil Manson in 'The Bill' - quit a starring role in pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty' in Liverpool and vowed to clear his name.
He left 'Coronation Street' in March 2012 when his character was murdered by his own mother.