A jury on Monday (10 June) took just 29 minutes to clear actor Andrew Lancel of Coronation Street fame on all counts in a child sex abuse case.
Lancel, 42, had been accused of sexually assaulting a boy aged 14 and 15 in the mid-1990s. Lancel said during the trial that his accuser, now a ballet dancer, was a close friend of 20 years.
After the verdict was read, the actor - whose real name is Andrew Watkinson - bit his lip and looked to the ceiling of Liverpool Crown Court. His wife, Louise, burst into tears.