Michael Le Vell, who stars in Coronation Street as Kevin Webster, was arrested last Friday (30 September) on suspicion of sexually abusing a schoolgirl.
He was arrested in his home in Cheshire by the Greater Manchester Police, taken to a police station and held for questioning. He has since been released on bail until next month while officers carry out their investigations.
The actor has "strenuously denied" the allegations and has been "going through a private hell" since the allegations were made.
In a statement issued today, Le Vell said: "I strenuously deny these allegations and will do everything in my power to prove my innocence."
Michael Le Vell, who is married with two children and known for being a family man who shuns the celebrity lifestyle, has acted in Coronation Street for 28 years.
His character Kevin Webster had an extra-marital affair with a younger woman two years ago as his wife Sally was diagnosed with cancer. Le Vell threatened to quit Coronation Street unless the show's producers brought the affair to an end, stating that he would not play a character that showed "no remorse".
When Helen Flanaghan, who plays Le Vell's on-screen daughter Rosie, was recently photographed wearing only her underwear, Le Vell expressed his shock at the pictures claiming that he "felt perverted" looking at them since he knew her "since she was a small child".
The Greater Manchester Police said: "A 46-year-old man from Hale has been arrested on suspicion of an historic sexual offence. He has been bailed pending inquiries."
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