Suspended actor Michael Le Vell to be booted out of `Coronation Street`?

Suspended actor Michael Le Vell to be booted out of `Coronation Street`? London: Actor Michael Le Vell, who has been charged with 19 offences including six rapes, is reportedly facing exit from `Coronation Street` weeks after show bosses suspended him.

The producers of the show are planning to jail his character mechanic Kevin Webster in a bid to remove him from the show for at least six months. His entry would depend on the outcome of the cases pending against him, the Sun reported.

The actor has been a part of the popular show for 30 years.

"The bosses are considering a storyline that would see him jailed for helping Tyrone kidnap Ruby. There are other options, but this route seems to be the favourite at the moment.

"They may also find themselves facing a backlash if they chose to jail him, as cast members closest to Michael may consider that a very insensitive move."

Le Vell, 48, real name Michael Turner, is next due to appear in court on February 27.

An ITV spokesperson said, "No decisions have been made and we do not want to comment on speculation about forthcoming events."

PTI