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Mother of 'victim' of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell says life 'exploded' when told of alleged abuse

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has pleaded not guilty to 12 sexual offence charges Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The mother of a girl who claims Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell raped her broke down in tears as she described being told about the alleged abuse.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, her daughter revealed the alleged abuse after attending a self-help conference.

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She said her daughter said: "I just remember all the times he (Le Vell) raped me."

The woman continued: "My life just exploded. I just stood there and hugged her.....I started to cry and cry and couldn't stop...she said 'Mummy don't worry, calm down.'"

She said her daughter later told her how Le Vell used a teddy bear against her mouth while raping her and he would force the girl to give him oral sex.

The witness said: "In the car she said, 'It's happened a lot more than I'm making out Mummy. It's a lot worse.'

Le Vell, 48, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges including five of rape, three of indecent assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

A court sketch of Michael Le Vell in the dock at Manchester Crown Court

The girl's mother also described how she went to Le Vell and confronted him after her daughter told her of the alleged abuse.

She told the court she said to the actor: "She's made an accusation. You raped her when she was younger."

"Before I finished that sentence he said, 'Oh you are joking! This is a joke! It's a joke! You are having a laugh!"'

Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, asked: "Did he ask what she said?" The girl's mother replied: "He never asked what she said."

Asked by Ms Laws what she thinks happened to her daughter, she replied: "I believe he had molested and abused her on a regular basis and there have been a number of rapes."

The defence asked the witness about a call she made to police, where she was "very upset" with the investigation and was asking officers if she could sell her story "to the papers".

The witness replied: "I chose not to do that."

Earlier, the alleged victim gave evidence from behind a screen, as Alisdair Williamson, defending Le Vell, questioned her about alleged inconsistencies in her story.

She said "I've had so many flashbacks in the past few weeks. I remember a lot more."

Mr Williamson also suggested that when she was interviewed on video by police she said some "silly things" that she has left out of her account given in court.

The girl denied the defence's accusation that she had told a "little lie" to police saying she had never talked to anyone about the alleged abuse.

Mr Williamson claimed the witness "told lots of girls" about it. "I told two friends because they saw me crying," the witness replied.

At the end of her evidence, Ms Laws QC, prosecuting, said to the girl: "Have you some sort of vendetta, any reason to hate Michael Le Vell or bring him down and cause him all of this

"No," she replied.

The case was adjourned until 2.30pm tomorrow.

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