Earlier this week we reported over on Primetime that Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell had been found not guilty on all charges at the end of his trial over allegations of rape and other sexual offences against a child.
When the news broke that Michael – who plays mechanic Kevin Webster on the long-running ITV soap – had been exonerated, it was also reported that Coronation Street bosses have promised Le Vell the “best storylines of his career” when he returns to the show, which he’s expected to do by the end of the year.
However, it’s been claimed today that ITV chiefs are keen to help Le Vell – whose real name is Michael Turner – to clear his massive legal bills by signing him up to take part in the new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.
The Sun’s TV Biz states, “The proposal was discussed as Le Vell, who has also been through a costly divorce, met up with Coronation Street colleagues at ITV’s studios in Manchester yesterday.”
A show insider said, “He would be rewarded with a six-figure fee [for going into the jungle] which would help him out enormously.
“He’s also seen as a great candidate for the show, and would be a tremendous asset to it.
“Those who know him see him as an easy-going lad, one of the boys, and with his love of Australia, he could jump at the chance of joining up.
“Michael would relish the chance to show the public what he’s really like.”
In another article about the case – which you can read by clicking here – the paper also reported that some legal experts believe the case should never have gone to trial in the first place, especially given that the mother of the child at the centre of the allegations was reportedly branded a “self-centred attention-seeker” who is “prone to over-dramatising events.”
One legal professional said, “Not only was this case seriously lacking in evidence, alarm bells should’ve rung about the girl’s claims because of the bizarre beliefs of her family.
“It just seems to add more questions to the list about why this case ever came to court.
“Luckily it took the jury just five hours to clear Michael.”
Here’s a news report about the not guilty verdict…