Skip to comments.Michael Le Vell: I Forgive the Girl Who Accused Me - Her Mum Wanted to Destroy Me
Posted on 09/15/2013 1:05:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Coronation Street's Kevin Webster has told his family he does NOT feel angry with her despite his hellish two-year ordeal
Michael Le Vell has told how he forgives the teenage girl who falsely accused him of rape.
The cleared Corrie star revealed: I was angry in the beginning. But I am not a vindictive person and dont hold grudges.
In emotional talks with his family, Michael, 48, said: I think I am strong enough to forgive.
The actor spelt out his amazing message of compassion after a jury found him not guilty last week of rape and indecent assault.
He has revealed how he believes the mother of the teenage girl who falsely accused him of rape was hell-bent on destroying me.
The star told his family he fell victim to a vindictive campaign that only ended when a jury dramatically cleared him five days ago.
But amazingly, despite his hellish two-year ordeal facing terrible accusations, Michael says he is determined to forgive.
The 48-year-old actor Coronation Street mechanic Kevin Webster told his sisters: I know I am a good man and an innocent man now the world knows that too. In time I do think I will be strong enough to forgive.
The actor, charged under his real name Michael Turner, opened his heart to sisters Susan Westcott and Glenis Gill last week.
And today in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror the pair tell how they never doubted their younger brother as he sat in court fighting for his life.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made a string of sickening allegations from the witness box.
She said Le Vell abused her from the age of six and once raped her while she clutched her favourite teddy bear.
But a jury cleared the star of all the charges, which his sisters condemned as nonsense from the start.
Glenis, 60, said: We are just a normal working class family and we were shattered by what this woman and girl alleged.
I think the girls mother set out to destroy Michael that is how we all feel. It was vindictive. She was hell-bent on destroying Michael.
I still dont know why the charges were ever brought. Our family dont believe it should have ever have gone to court.
Susan, 54, said: When Michael was first charged he kept saying to us I never, I never, I never. I said, Michael you dont need to say that we know you didnt do this.
We knew from the start the allegations were rubbish utter nonsense. Michael is not capable of such things.
"It would take a monster to do what they said. And Michael is no monster.
Susan added: First of all we were mad at the girl and her mother. Then we were mad at the legal system.
"Now I just feel sorry for them. I am a mother myself so I can see there are no winners at all in this.
I know what kind of man my brother is. Thats why I dont think he will bear any grudges towards the girl.
"Even in court, if you listened to what Michael said about the girl and her mother, he was not vindictive. Thats not how he is.
He is a good man, a lovely person and was brought up with good morals. Thats why I think he will try to forgive and move on.
The sisters insisted that reports saying the actor contemplated suicide during his darkest moments are wrong.
Michael had told how, even at his lowest ebb, he saw suicide as a guilty mans way out.
Susan said: Michael hit real lows but he would never have done anything silly like that. For a start me and the rest of the family would never have let him.
"And he wanted the opportunity to go to court and clear his name.
"I am proud of the way he conducted himself. He kept it together and proved his innocence.
Sue and Glenis, who have suffered ill-health because of their brothers ordeal, were at Manchester Crown Court to support him through the eight-day trial that ended on Tuesday.
View gallery Andy Stenning """""""""" Michael Le Vell trial View gallery Michaels brother Phil Turner, 61, and sister Julie Turner, 51, were also there.
They flew in from their homes overseas so the family could be together for the first time in 12 years to support Michael through the toughest ordeal of his life.
His nightmare began on September 30, 2011 when he was first arrested. The Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed with the case.
But there was a review after fresh allegations by the girl. Michael was re-arrested and charged in February this year.
TV bosses suspended him from the soap in which he has appeared since 1983. In court Michael denied five rape charges, three of indecent assault, two of sexual activity with a child and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
After five hours deliberation the jury of eight women and four men cleared him of all 12 charges. Outside court an emotional Michael told of his delight.
Then he celebrated with his family at a hotel near the Coronation Street set where he hopes to return to work.
Susan said the family had a second private party at her house on Thursday.
She said: Michael is not one for speeches or grand statements but he is so relieved and happy this is now over.
"When he was cleared I said to him, Its over. We did it. He said, Thanks so much for supporting me.
"Since then he has been trying to make sense of what happened. He wants to rebuild his life, get back to work and for some sense of normality to return.
Michaels sisters say they can see the burden lifting from him.
Glenis said: He has gone back to normal. There is more colour in his face and he can finally move on from it all and not have it hanging over him.
Michael Le Vell sisters (l to r) brother Phil, sister Julie, Michael Le Vell, sister Glenis and sister Susan celebrate after the verdict Michael Le Vell sisters (l to r) brother Phil, sister Julie, Michael Le Vell, sister Glenis and sister Susan celebrate after the verdict
Michael intends to stay in the area where he now lives.
Susan said: Mike wont be forced away. Even during the trial he was popping down to his local and chatting to pals.
"Why would he move now he has nothing to run away from?
His sisters say the star feels angry about his treatment by the justice system.
Glenis said: We as a family will support any decision that Michael makes going forward.
The sisters also told how Michael, usually composed and in control in public, let go when he was with them.
Susan said: He has cried a lot of tears in my front room. We all have. It has been the worst two years of all of our lives.
"To see your baby brother sobbing breaks your heart.
We helped try to get him through it. Since our mother died I have been a bit like a surrogate mum to Mike.
"I am the nag. I am the one who will ring him and say, You are looking a bit scrawny or You need a shave.
We talked to him most days to check he was OK and to help him through it.
During the trial the jury heard candid details of his private life. Michael was described as a womaniser who cheated on his cancer-stricken wife of 25 years Janette Beverley in a string of one-night stands.
He also admitted being an alcoholic who drank up to 12 pints every day. Even Michaels own barrister Alisdair Williamson described him as a weak, stupid and drunk man.
The stars loyal sisters said it doesnt tally with the brother they know.
Glenis said: Mike never told us about the affairs. But why would he? Thats his private business and he is not the first man to have had an affair and he wont be the last.
It is not clear if the actor will accept an offer from Corrie bosses of help to best his drink demons.
Susan, a senior carer at a private nursing home, said: We know he likes a drink.
"In health terms yes, maybe he should cut down a bit but that is down to him to decide.
"I think he is now going to take some time to reflect and then make some decisions on what he should be doing.
Glenis added: Michael holds down a job, gets up in the morning and pays his bills. Drinking is part of our family. We are socialisers.
Michael has not seen his son or daughter since the allegations emerged. But his sisters expect him to try to rebuild their relationship.
Susan said: Its been hard for him, especially at Christmas and on birthdays.
"Mike and his son are big football fans. He has missed not being able to go and watch his lad play.
Over time I am sure he will want to do that and try to get a sense of normality back in his life.
Michael Le Vell and his brother Phil celebrate after the verdict Michael shares a hug with his brother Phil after the verdict
Michael met Corrie bosses on Thursday. His sisters expect he will return to the ITV soap but no date has been set.
Since he was cleared many of his co-stars have sent text messages saying how pleased they are for him.
Susan said: He has been through hell. Once he has had a break and has cleared his head, I am sure he will want to go back to work.
"More than anything he has missed his colleagues, who are his friends.
They have been brilliant all the way through. Their texts meant a lot to Michael.
"People see him as a big star but he is just a guy who likes going to work and when he cant he misses his mates.
The sisters said Michael wont go on a spending spree or lavish trip to celebrate. Susan said: Hes never been a flashy lad.
He is a creature of habit. He is dying for everything to be back to normal so he can return to work and go to his local to watch football.
Glenis added: People always say what a nice guy he is and that hasnt changed.
Obviously there will be people out there who will make jokes or make silly comments but that happens everywhere.
"This week Mike has been back to his cheeky-chappy self.
"While it was all going on you could see he was lost in thought and not fully there.
"Now he is exactly how we remember and it is great to see him like that again.
The star is in an on-off relationship with Blanca Fouche, 31.
His family has yet to meet the Chilean mother of four who also firmly believed in his innocence.
Susan said: She came along at the right time for Michael. And as long as he is happy then we are happy.
"I dont what Michaels future plans are. But his priority will be to be happy.
Michael has summed up his ordeal for his family.
He told them: In a way, I wanted the opportunity to prove to the world I had done nothing wrong.
"Now I just want to get on with my life."
Thanks for posting this, Nick. Now I am wondering how Kenneth Barlow’s case is going to turn out. I never liked that character. A dyed in the wool socialist.
I would absolutely hold a grudge for that accusation.