Actor admits to alcoholism and affairs
on 06/09/2013 00:00:00
In his police interview, the actor confirmed he had no medical issues and was not aware of any memory problems.
When asked how much he drank, he replied: "Too much. I tried going to AA once or twice, it's not worked out for me."
Around the time of his arrest, he said he was drinking five or six pints a night in his local pub. He had cut down his pub drinking from seven to eight pints which he said he had done for the "best part of 30 years".
"These habits sort of creep in," he told the officer. "Having a crack with people, winding down, it's not a hanging offence."
Giving testimony in court, Mr Le Vell, aged 48, spoke in a trembling voice as he was asked by Alisdair Williamson, defending, how he felt at being accused of the rape and sex abuse of a young girl.
In a packed and hushed courtroom, Mr Le Vell replied: "How do I feel? I'm devastated, I'm lost. I don't understand where it's come from. It's left such a big hole in life.
"I'm like a lost soul and I still want to get to the bottom of why this has happened to me and why I'm being accused of this, because I know none of this happened.
"I have been walking around for the last two years just not knowing."
The star, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, is accused of 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 alleged offences relate to one complainant and are said to have taken place between Sept 2002 and Sept 2010. He is alleged to have raped the girl while she clutched a teddy bear during one attack.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wept as she told Manchester Crown Court that the actor told her it was their "little secret".
Addressing the defendant by his real name Michael Turner, his lawyer continued: "Mr Turner, I want to ask you this: have you ever put your hands on this girl, put your penis in her?"
He replied: "No, never."
Mr Williamson: "Took off her clothes… put your penis in her mouth?"
"Never in a million years would I do anything like that," he replied.
Under cross-examination, Eleanor Laws, prosecuting, said to the defendant: "It has never been more important for you to be more persuasive than you have ever been today."
The actor said: "I would not say persuasive. I am just here to tell the truth."
Ms Laws compared his need to be persuasive to an acting job.
Mr Le Vell replied: "It's nothing like an acting job.
"You never get put in a position like this. They never teach you to be here and face what I have been faced with for the last two years."
His voice breaking, he added: "I'm fighting for my life."
Mr Le Vell admitted having affairs or one night stands during his marriage.
Ms Laws continued: "Are you quite a weak man? You have your demons, Mr Turner, when you have had a drink or two?"
"No," Mr Le Vell replied.
Mr Le Vell agreed with Ms Laws that it was his case that the alleged victim had told lie after lie.
And it was his stance that those lies were maintained in front of the jury.
Ms Laws continued: "And the thing is that you just don't know why [she is lying]?"
The actor said: "No, I don't."
"Unless it is quite simple - you did these things and she is just telling the truth," she said. "That is one option, but you don't agree with it?"
"No, I don't agree with it," he said.
The case continues.