Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell pleads not guilty to all charges in child sex abuse case.
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Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell will appear at court to enter pleas after being accused of child sex abuse.
The star, who plays Kevin Webster in the soap, is charged with 19 offences including six counts of raping a child, six allegations of indecently assaulting a child and seven counts of sexual activity with a child.
Le Vell, whose real name is Michael Turner has stated claimed he's innocent and will fight the allegations through the courts. He will appear at Manchester Crown court this morning. A trial is expected to take place in September.
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It promises to be one of the biggest nights in the TV world calendar.
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The Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has appeared in court for the first time since he was accused of raping a 15 year old girl in the 1960s.
The actor who plays Ken Barlow has strenously denied the allegations.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place in Lancashire in 1967.
Our correspondent Elaine Willcox was at Preston magistrates court:
Coronation Street star William Roache has appeared in court charged with raping a 15 year old girl in the 1960's. The actor has played Ken Barlow in the soap since it began. Elaine Willcox was at Preston Magistrates Court.
Bill Roache spoke only to confirm his name, address & date of birth in a 15 minute hearing. His case transferred to crown court on June 10thFrom @ElaineWITV on Twitter:
Veteran Coronation Street actor Bill Roache, who lives in Cheshire, has made his first appearance in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.
Appearing at Preston Magistrates' Court, the 81-year-old was led into the witness box and confirmed his full name, address and date of birth.
He was arrested at his home in Wilmslow on May 1 and was later charged with two counts of rape against his alleged victim in 1967.
Roache was bailed to appear for a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court on June 10.
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has arrived at Preston Magistrates' Court surrounded by dozens of cameras.