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'Coronation Street' Actor Michael Le Vell Pleads Not Guilty To Alleged Child Sex Offences

17/05/2013 14:36 BST | Updated 17/05/2013 14:41 BST

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell denied a series of child sex offences when he appeared in court on Friday.

The star, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, answered "Not guilty" 19 times in a clear, strong voice as each of the individual charges were put to him by the clerk during the brief hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

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Michael Le Vell leaves court

The 48-year-old is charged under his real name of Michael Turner with 19 offences in all, including six counts of raping a child, six allegations of indecently assaulting a child and seven counts of sexual activity with a child.

The alleged offences relate to one complainant and all took place between 2001 and 2010.

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Today's hearing was for the defendant to enter his pleas and arrange administrative matters for a forthcoming trial later this year.