Concluding her statement, Eleanor Laws QC told the jury that Michael Le Vell was "a troubled man" but asked them to consider what his accuser had experienced in the last two years.
She said: "If it's a lie, think what she's put herself through, unnecessarily, for two years.
"What has she got to gain from all that? Nothing, absolutely nothing, unless this is the truth and she just wants to tell you the truth.
"And if she is telling the truth then it is your duty to mark her courage with a conviction."
After a short break the trial will resume with an address from Le Vell's defence barrister, Alisdair Williamson
The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell for alleged sex offences.
Michael Le Vell denied he raped a young girl, telling a courtroom today: "I didn't get away with anything, I didn't abuse her."
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell told a jury he was "fighting for his life" after being accused of child sex allegations.