Published Monday, 02 September 2013
Michael Le Vell arrives at court for the start of his trial on child sex charges (© PA)
The witness, who cannot be identified, broke down as she gave evidence on Monday.
The jury at Manchester Crown Court heard how Le Vell had allegedly told her: "It's okay, just keep calm, stay asleep ... I'm going to get rid of the evil."
The trial, expected to last for two weeks, got underway with the accused - under his real name of Michael Turner - denying all the charges against him.
The 48-year-old, best known for playing the soap's Kevin Webster for the past 30 years, is charged with a total of 12 offences - including five counts of rape and three of indecent assault.
The charges, all alleged to have occurred over a nine-year period, also include two counts of sexual activity with a child and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
A large media presence was outside for Le Vell's arrival and more than 20 reporters packed the press box inside.
In the dock, he shook his head and answered "not guilty" when each charge was put to him.
Later, as the witness gave her evidence, he leaned forward in his seat, grimaced and closed his eyes, shaking his head repeatedly.
Asked about the alleged abuse, the girl said: "I was very scared because it didn't feel right. It felt like I wasn't in my body at the time and I was just watching it."
She added that she had not told anyone at the time "because he told me not to - it was our little secret".
Le Velle will not be appearing on screen in Coronation Street while the legal proceedings are active.
A sketch by court artist Elizabeth Cook of Michael Le Vell in the dock at Manchester Crown Court. © Elizabeth Cook/PA
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