Le Vell 'raped girl holding teddy'
Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell raped a young girl as she clutched a teddy bear, a court has been told.
The actor allegedly told the girl, "It's Okay, just keep calm, stay asleep... I'm going to get rid of the evil," as he sexually abused the youngster, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Le Vell, 48, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, is facing 12 charges in all - five counts 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.
Le Vell, who is on trial under his real name of Michael Turner, denies the offences and shook his head saying "not guilty" in a strong voice as the charges were put to him before his trial began.
Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, said the abuse began when Le Vell slipped his hand under the girl's clothing. Afterwards Le Vell seemed happy, "as if it was giving him pleasure", the jury heard. The abuse progressed to Le Vell allegedly forcing the girl to touch him, with her "too frightened" to do anything, the court heard. The court heard the first time he raped the girl, she clutched one teddy bear while Le Vell put another teddy bear over her mouth, it is alleged. "It's okay. I'm making the evil stop once and for all now. It'll be fine," he allegedly told the girl.
The girl was "scared" and did not understand what was going on during the abuse, the jury was told.
Le Vell allegedly told the child: "It's our little secret, no-one needs to know otherwise ... you'll die and the evil will come over you."
Ms Laws said Le Vell would speak to another adult, who cannot be named for legal reasons, about his problems and referred to a "secret" he had and said the adult would "not believe what was inside his head". The prosecutor added: "On another occasion he stated that he was 'unforgivable' but would not say what he had done."
The girl later broke down in tears and police were called. A full medical examination of the girl showed no damage to her genitals but the prosecution say this was because the penetration was partial not full.
Le Vell was initially arrested on September 30, 2011, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed with the case. But after a review of the evidence Le Vell was re-arrested and charged in February 2013. The trial continues.