UK prosecutor denies 'celebrity witch-hunt' over sex charges
LONDON (AFP) - A senior British prosecutor denied on Wednesday that there was a "witch-hunt" of celebrities after a star of the long-running soap Coronation Street was acquitted on child sex abuse charges.
Michael Le Vell, familiar to millions of viewers as the car workshop owner Kevin Webster, was the first celebrity to be tried in the wake of the paedophile scandal involving the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.
Le Vell, 48, mouthed the words "thank you" after a jury in Manchester, north-west England, cleared him of 12 charges of sexually abusing a girl, now aged 17, on Tuesday.
Several of his fellow Coronation Street cast members claim Le Vell, who was removed from the soap after he was charged but will now hold talks with producers on returning, was only in the dock because of his celebrity status.