Corrie star will 'fight' charges

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has said he will "fight vigorously" the 19 child sex offences he has been charged with, including one of rape. ITV said he will not be appearing in any further episodes pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

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CPS: 'Sufficient evidence to charge' actor

Michael Le Vell, 48, whose real name is Michael Turner, is accused of 19 sex offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.

I have very carefully reviewed the evidence in this case and I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Michael Robert Turner with a number of sexual offences.

I have authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mr Turner with 19 offences, including rape of a child.

– Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions

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