Michael Le Vell Takes The Stand On Child Rape Charge

    September 5, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Michael Le Vell, a British actor known for his work on the soap opera “Coronation Street”, took the stand today at his own trial to deny the rape charges leveled against him by a girl who says he abused her several times.

The girl–who is unnamed for her protection–said that Le Vell raped her repeatedly between 2001 and 2010 and that the reason she was so delayed in going to the authorities about it was that she’d blocked it from her memory. She said she began to have flashbacks–including one instance in which Le Vell allegedly raped her while holding a teddy bear over her mouth–and was confused as to what to do.

“What he did to me was so wrong. I was so young,” she said.

Le Vell’s defense attorney claims that the girl attended a speech given by a woman who had been abused at a young age and went on to build a successful career as a model, and posed to the jury that perhaps the girl–who reportedly had dreams of becoming a dancer and actress–built a story upon the hope that she could be like that woman.

“Is that what some of this is about? You heard this lady talking about how she was raped when she was very young and how she went on and became a model?” Alisdair Williamson asked.

Le Vell has denied the claims from the beginning, saying his “legs turned to jelly” when he learned he’d been accused of the crimes. After taking the stand, the prosecution asked him if he wasn’t just taking on a new acting role while talking to the jury.

“I have indeed but never put in a position like this. They never teach you how to stand up and be here and face something like I’m being faced with for the last two years – no one can teach you that. And I’m just here, yes, I’m fighting for my life,” he said.

Le Vell has admitted, over the course of the trial, that he is an alcoholic and has had extra-marital affairs in the past, two things that the prosecution have used as fuel to their arguments. The actor is charged with 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.

“Never in a million years would I do anything like that, never. I’m devastated, I’m lost, I don’t understand where it’s come from. It’s left such a big hole in my life because of these allegations. I still want to get to the bottom of why this is happening to me and why this has happened and why I’m being accused of these things. I know none of it happened,” he said.

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  • Reality

    Lots of men are falsely accused in this nation and many go to prison. Heck, in those internet stings, men are sent to prison when they don’t even see people. A friend of mine got locked up for an internet sting. He was pursued for over a year, turned down 4 invitations, and literally never saw a person, yet he still ended up in prison. Personally, I think it is crazy to think that a fake person who pursues another person for over a year is a victim, but that is what happened. It makes a mockery of what a real victim is.

    He ended up losing his career, was almost killed in prison, and his life is ruined. The man never harmed a soul in his life but his life has been destroyed. All because of a crazy vigilante group. Two of the vigilante witnesses actually were under federal investigation for criminal incidents in their lives.

    My friend is in the process of writing a book about it but the state has been telling him that if he publishes the book, they may revoke his probation. They simply do not want his story to get out.

    Rape is bad but false accusations and setting people up is just as bad. Many of these repressed memory events are proving to be unreliable, but they make a lot of money for the therapists that promote them. The sell people on the fact they have a repressed memory and then take years helping them find that memory. That is a lot of money for the therapist. I don’t know if you have ever seen one of these types of therapists work but they literally coach the “victim”. To me, a rape is very evident. It shouldn’t take years or even months to report one.

    Also, if you falsely accuse anyone or set people up and they are sent to prison, then you are guilty of attempted murder because prison is the worst place on earth. Sending people to prison for things that do not happen is criminal and it is not moral.

    • Toto

      “A friend of mine got locked up for an internet sting. He was pursued for over a year, turned down 4 invitations, and literally never saw a person, yet he still ended up in prison.”

      Doesn’t matter. He went to prison for a crime. You apparently are defending a pedophile or someone that was about to commit some act of pedophilia. I said “apparently” because the other related crime would be rape to an older than 18 person and that can’t happen over the internet. So apparently your friend is a pedophile. Was he/she telling dirty things to an under 18 boy/girl? Did he/she want to meet him/her? It doesn’t matter if you are setup or not; adults don’t talk anything sexually with an underage person. Is that normal in your world?