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, a court heard.
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.
Yesterday the alleged 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.
She said her daughter later told her how Le Vell used a teddy bear against her mouth while raping her, and how he would force the girl to perform a sex act on him.
Alisdair Williamson, defending Le Vell, asked the witness about a call she made to police, where she was "very upset" with the investigation and was asking if she could sell her story "to the papers".
The case was adjourned until today.