Published Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Kevin Kennedy speaks to This Morning. (© Ken McKay)
The actor worked with Le Vell, who plays mechanic Kevin Webster, for 20 years on the long-running soap.
"I am delighted for Michael, but this whole thing is a tragedy I think," he told presenters Phillip and Holly.
"There are no winners in this.
"Yes, Michael has got his freedom and I am very pleased about that, but no one benefits from this.
"I think it should never have got to that stage in the first place.
"It doesn't help anyone because in the future, (for) people who have been abused, this is not going to make them want to come forward and say 'I've been abused'.
"Convictions bring that forward, not this sort of thing."
On Tuesday, Le Vell was acquitted of 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.
During the eight-day trial, the actor, under his real name of Michael Turner, maintained his innocence throughout, telling police his accuser's claims were "an absolute pack of lies".
Asked how his friend would deal with the aftermath of whole ordeal, Kevin said: "The damage is immeasurable, I'm sure.
"Once he has got over the elation of having his liberty given back to him, he is going to have to sit down and he is going to have to heal and that is going to take some time.
"Michael will want to go back to work because that is where his support network is. Coronation Street are very close and very tight-knit.
"I can't help but be impressed at how Coronation Street has stood by Michael."
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