Michael Le Vell appeared before magistrates this morning, charged with 19 sex offences including six counts of rape with a child under the age of 16.
The Coronation Street actor entered no plea but his solicitor indicates he will fully contest the charges.
The case has been referred to Manchester Crown Court for March 20th.
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