Helen Flanagan defends her former Corrie co-star Michael Le Vell, brands child sex offence charges as ‘vile’

Helen Flanagan has come to the defence of her former Coronation Street co-star Michael Le Vell who is currently facing charges of child sex abuse.

Helen has defended her former onscreen dad Michael. Copyright [Wenn]

The 22-year-old actress, who played the 48-year-old’s onscreen daughter Rosie Webster for 11 years, has told the Sunday People that she thinks the allegations made against Michael are 'vile'. 

She said: “I can’t ­believe what Michael is going through. I was so shocked to hear the ­allegations had come back.

“It’s absolutely vile what is being said about him. It sickens you to the ­stomach and it is so ­upsetting what that man has been through.

“I have a lot of respect for the man because I have grown up with him.

“He’s a lovely, lovely man. Everyone at Coronation Street is behind him. It’s a respect thing.”

Michael Le Vell is facing 19 allegations including rape, indecent assault and sexual activity with a child.

Helen and Michael worked together for 11 years. Copyright [Rex]

Helen had previously called for the anonymity of those charged with child sex offences until they have been proven guilty.

She said: “I don’t think things like that should be in the press until it’s proven. It’s the worst thing to be accused of. It’s terrible. I have spoken to him and he knows I am there for him.

“He’s always been a great friend. I just wish him all the best. There’s absolutely no way he did it. I don’t believe it for a second.”

Michael is due to appear at crown court in Manchester on Wednesday.

[Related story: Michael Le Vell will fight sex charges]

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