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

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Michael Le Vell

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.' "

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