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Le Vell questioning to continue
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell told the court he was 'like a lost soul' and wants 'to get to the bottom of why this has happened to me'
The cross-examination of Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell will continue after he told a jury he was "fighting for his life" against a string of child sex allegations.
The soap actor's private life was laid bare in court as he admitted being an alcoholic, having a string of one-night stands and an affair - as his wife underwent chemotherapy for breast cancer.
And Manchester Crown Court heard Le Vell, 48, was a man with "demons" within, whose victim was either telling the truth or had given an "Oscar-winning" performance in front of the jury.
The actor spoke in a trembling voice to tell the hushed courtroom of his "shock and devastation" at being accused of raping and sexually abusing the youngster.
Le Vell, an actor in the ITV1 soap for 30 years, stood in the witness box for two hours defending himself against 12 charges of child sex abuse. The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims Le Vell repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped her, once while she was clutching a teddy bear.
Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, tore into the character of the actor over his past behaviour in a series of terse courtroom exchanges, claiming the defendant was a man with "demons" and nothing like his on-screen part of Kevin Webster known to millions of TV fans.
Le Vell, real name Michael Turner, agreed it was his case that the alleged victim had told lie after lie - first to her mother, then police and finally to the jury.
Miss Laws said: "Pretty good performance, don't you think? If she is lying, very convincing, wasn't it? Almost Oscar-winning. And the thing is that you just don't know why (she is lying)?" The actor said: "No, I don't." "Unless it is quite simple - you did these things and she is just telling the truth," said the barrister.
Earlier Alisdair Williamson, defending, asked Le Vell how he felt at being accused of the allegations. "How do I feel?" he replied. "I'm devastated, I'm lost. I don't understand where it's come from. It's left such a big hole in life. I'm like a lost soul and I still want to get to the bottom of why this has happened to me and why I'm being accused of this because I know none of this happened. I have been walking around for the last two years just not knowing. Never in a million years would I do anything like that."
Le Vell denies 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.