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Corrie Le Vell 'Raped Girl On Regular Basis'
The mother of Michael Le Vell's alleged victim says she believes her daughter was raped by the actor "on a regular basis".
The Coronation Street star is at Manchester Crown Court for the second day of his child rape trial.
On Monday, his alleged victim told the court the actor first raped her when she was six years old as she clutched her teddy bear.
Her mother, who cannot be identified, was in the witness box today and cried as she recalled the moment her daughter told her about the alleged rape.
The woman told the court: "I believe he molested and abused her on a regular basis and there had been a number of rapes."
She said her daughter told her how Le Vell held a teddy bear against her mouth while raping her and he would force the girl to give him oral sex.
The victim's mother said when she confronted Le Vell about the alleged sex abuse, he replied: "You are joking. You are having a laugh."
Le Vell, 48, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, denies committing the offences.
Earlier, the girl, 17, was cross-examined by Le Vell's defence barrister Alisdair Williamson, who accused her of lying.
The girl, who is giving evidence from behind a screen in the court, cannot be identified for legal reasons.
During the cross-examination, Mr Williamson questioned the girl's story and her motivations.
The barrister said the girl went to an "inspirational self-help" conference where she heard a motivational speech from a woman who was raped at a young age.
Mr Williamson said the rape victim who gave the talk then went on to rebuild her life and become a success.
The lawyer said: "Is that what some of this is about? You heard this lady talking about how she was raped when she was very young and how she went on and became a model? You want to become an actress or a dancer, is that right?"
The girl replied: "I wanted to, I don't anymore."
During further questions from Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, the girl said she could not remember seeing the motivational speech from the rape victim.
The alleged victim also told the court that Le Vell smelt strongly of alcohol the first time he raped her.
She cried as she told the court: "I hated him because what he did was so wrong and I was so young and I did not know at the time."
The girl said Le Vell took her to an award show and arranged a visit to Coronation Street after he raped her.
As the girl gave evidence, Le Vell repeatedly shook his head.
Earlier, the barrister asked the girl about alleged inconsistencies in what she had told police.
Mr Williamson told the court the witness had initially told police she had never talked to anyone about the alleged abuse.
But the lawyer claimed the witness "told lots of girls" about it.
"I told two friends because they saw me crying," the witness replied.
But when police were called in the witness told the officer she had not told anyone, the court heard.
Mr Williamson continued: "The officer came to see you because ... you told people and you told the officer a little lie.
"You told him you had not told the girls, they had just guessed.
"I suggest that was a little lie?"
"No," the witness replied.
Le Vell is facing 12 charges in all - five counts of rape, three of indecent assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child, and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
The alleged offences relate to one complainant and are said to have taken place between 2001 and September 2010. The girl was aged between six and 14.
After his arrest Le Vell, a father of two, told officers the allegations were a "pack of absolute lies" and he has maintained his innocence throughout.
Le Vell, of Hale, Cheshire, is one of TV's most famous faces after playing Kevin Webster for the past 30 years.
ITV has said he will not be appearing in any further episodes of Coronation Street pending the outcome of legal proceedings.