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Michael Le Vell: Doctor's Evidence 'Neutral'
A doctor who examined the girl allegedly raped by Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell agreed her findings did not prove the child had been sexually abused.
Dr Louise O'Connor agreed with a second expert the results of the girl's examination were "neutral and neither support nor refute the allegations".
Le Vell is accused of a series of sex assaults against the youngster, including raping her as she clutched a teddy bear.
The 48-year-old, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, is facing 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.
Le Vell, who is on trial at Manchester Crown Court under his real name of Michael Turner, denies the offences and has claimed they are "an absolute pack of lies".
The girl, who gave evidence from behind a screen in the court earlier in the week, cannot be identified for legal reasons.
The actor from Hale, Cheshire, is one of TV's most famous faces after playing Kevin Webster for the past 30 years.
He was initially arrested on September 30, 2011, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed with the case.
But after a review of the evidence, he was re-arrested and charged in February 2013.
ITV has said he will not be appearing in any further episodes of the soap pending the outcome of legal proceedings.
The trial continues.