Mother of accuser weeps in court
The mother of a girl who claims Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell raped her broke down in tears as she described the moment her daughter told her about the alleged abuse.
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.
The victim's mother sobbed as she relived the moment when she heard about the allegations for the first time.
She told Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, that her daughter said: "I just remember all the times he (Le Vell) raped me."
She said her daughter spoke about the alleged abuse after attending a self-help conference and that her daughter was "very calm" and told her that she remembered the alleged attacks "all the time".
The woman, who cannot be identified, broke down in the witness box and shakily took a drink of water before carrying on.
Asked by Ms Laws what she thinks happened to her daughter, she replied: "I believe he (Le Vell) had molested and abused her on a regular basis and there have been a number of rapes."
The alleged victim finished giving evidence from behind a screen at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday morning and cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Earlier Alisdair Williamson, defending Le Vell, questioned the girl's story and motivations, and accused her of lying. At the end of her evidence Ms Laws said to the girl: "Have you some sort of vendetta, any reason to hate Michael Le Vell or bring him down and cause him all of this?" "No," she replied.
The case was adjourned until 2.30pm on Wednesday.