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Michael Le Vell To Take A Break From 'Coronation Street' To Seek Help For 'Personal Issues'

05/03/2014 07:06 GMT | Updated 05/03/2014 07:59 GMT

ITV have confirmed that troubled 'Coronation Street' star Michael Le Vell is to take a break from the soap to seek help for his 'personal issues'.

The 49-year-old actor, who plays mechanic Kevin Webster on the soap, only recently returned to the cobbles to start filming again after being cleared of child sex offences.

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Michael Le Vell

It follows recent newspaper reports that he snorted cocaine in the run-up to his four-week trial last year. A jury found him not guilty of 12 child sex offences at Manchester Crown Court in September.

An ITV spokeswoman said: "Coronation Street and Michael Le Vell have mutually agreed that he will take a break from the programme whilst he seeks professional help for personal issues."

Le Vell's private life was laid bare during his trial last year with revelations of his heavy drinking and adultery.

He admitted to being an alcoholic and a serial philanderer who even cheated on his wife while she was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Le Vell, who has starred in 'Coronation Street' for more than 30 years, is set to appear in the soap for about six weeks from late March in previously recorded episodes.

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