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Coronation Street star 'tearful' as he leaves court

Published: 9:55AM Thursday February 28, 2013 Source: ONE News

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has again appeared in a British court, accused of raping a child six times and 13 other sex offences.

The star appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court under his real name Michael Turner, according to British media reports which said he looked tearful as he left.

He is accused of 19 offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.

The court was told the alleged offences relate to one complainant and all took place between 2001 and 2010, according to the Daily Mail.

Le Vell did not enter a plea but his lawyer said they will be fighting the charges.

The matter was adjourned to Manchester Crown Court on March 20.

Le Vell was released on bail and reportedly looked tearful as he was rushed by security out of the court, through a media scrum and into a waiting Mercedes van.

Le Vell has been in "Coro" for three decades and the show's bosses said he would not be appearing in any further episodes while legal proceedings are ongoing.

The actor was first arrested in September 2011 and questioned after a teenage girl claimed he had sexually assaulted her from the age of six, the Daily Mail reported.

However, three months later prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to take the allegations to court and no charges were brought.

At the time the father of two, who last year split with his wife Janette Beverley, said he was "delighted" to have been "completely exonerated".

During the eight minute hearing today, the defendant, wearing a white shirt and black tie, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

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