Michael Le Vell, the British actor best known for playing Kevin Webster on long running soap Coronation Street, has been "completely exonerated" of child sex abuse claims. Le Vell spoke of his "delight" at finally clearing his name after a saga that dates back to September 2011, according to the UK's Daily Mirror.
Michael, 46, was first arrested and interviewed after allegations were made against him of a sexual assault - said to have taken place a number of years ago. However, Manchester Police announced last week they would not be pursuing the case, leading Le Vell to release a statement that read, "Following the conclusion of the police enquiry into allegations that have been widely publicised in the national press, I would like to acknowledge and give thanks to the Greater Manchester Police for the fair, thorough and independent investigation that they have conducted". The actor says he is now keen to put the incident behind him and plans to carry on working on Coronation Street. The father of two from Hale, Cheshire, said, "I would like to thank the public sincerely for their loyal support during what has been a most difficult and upsetting phase in my life.I also want to give special thanks to my colleagues on Coronation Street and Itv Studios and Itv for their unwavering support of me".
Police announced last week that the case was closed after investigation lawyers decided there was not enough evidence to charge him. Le Vell split from his wife Janette Beverley last year.