Corrie star Michael Le Vell has said that he feels hurt and betrayed that his co-stars haven’t publicly voiced their support for him in the last few weeks.
Le Vell faces a total of nineteen child sex offences, but says he feels “abandoned” by his fellow soap stars.
The actor, who has portrayed mechanic Kevin Webster on the ITV soap for 30 years, has been accused of the 19 child sex offences between 2001 and 2010, including alleged rape of a minor, and is said to be distraught his fellow actors haven’t come forward to publicly voice their support for him.
A source close to the 48-year-old star commented: “Michael understands that everyone’s hands seem to be that everyone’s hands seem to be tied but it’s still very hard on him.
“He feels slightly abandoned and isolated. He has had private contact with some of the cast but nothing publicly which has proved very difficult indeed.”
Le Vell is due to appear in court in Manchester today and will not appear in the long-running soap until his trial is over.
An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper that Michael’s co-stars were simply worried about prejudicing the upcoming court case, saying: “They know for legal reasons they can’t say anything”.
The Corrie cast’s silence provides a contrast with how they reacted after the news of his initial arrest in September 2011, before the case was dropped in January 2012.
Sally Dynevor, who plays his on-screen wife Sally Webster, tweeted at the time: “I am backing him 100%. I have known Michael for 25 years and I am right behind him.”