Michael Le Vell 'stronger' after ordeal
Michael Le Vell's brother Phil Turner insists the 'Coronation Street' actor has become a "stronger person" after being cleared of 12 charges relating to sexual abuse of a minor
Michael Le Vell has become a "stronger person" after being cleared of 12 charges relating to sexual abuse of a minor.
The 'Coronation Street' actor was found not guilty of several allegations - including five counts of rape and three of indecent assault - last week, and his brother Phil Turner, a teacher who flew from Australia to be with the 48-year-old star during his traumatic ordeal, insists Michael's reputation hasn't been "tarnished".
Speaking on ITV's 'This Morning', he said: "I think he's gone through an ordeal but I don't think it's tarnished him.
"It's strengthened him in a way. It's funny to say, it's made him certainly a stronger person."
Michael's sister Julie Turner added: "It's going to take time to get back to normal and things like that. I think it'll take quite a bit of time."
Michael - who plays mechanic Kevin Webster in 'Corrie' - has vowed to forgive the girl who also falsely accused him of two counts of sexual activity with a child and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, and Phil admits the ordeal has brought their family closer together.
He explained: "He's a very forgiving man. We are as a family.
"Our belief is to turn the other cheek and I think we live by that. Michael certainly does.
"It's brought us together, definitely. We were a strong family before, we always have been.
"When they read the charges, 'Not guilty, not guilty,' I think it took about 45 seconds. But it felt like an hour. It just seemed to be in slow motion, I kept thinking, 'Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up.' "