Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell has been told he could still have a future on the show if he is acquitted of the child sex charges he is currently facing.
The actor, who plays Kevin Webster in the soap, has reportedly met with producers Kieran Roberts and Steve Blackburn to discuss forthcoming storylines.
And he has apparently been told he will be given a major new plotline if he is cleared at his trial later in the year.
Michael’s character will reportedly be written out of the show on a temporary basis, with Kevin’s ex-wife Sally set to explain in a future episode that he has left Weatherfield to care for his ailing father.
However the producers said they were shocked by claims that the actor had been suspended.
“The producers met with Michael because they were concerned by the suggestion he had been cast aside by the show,” a source told the Mirror.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead they told Michael, ‘You’ve not been sacked and you’ve not been suspended and we hope to see you back soon’. They also explained to him the details of a big new plot they hope Michael will be a part of in future.”
“Michael has had a horrific few months so to hear that was finally some good news,” the insider added. “He really misses the day-to-day life of being on Corrie.”
The 48-year-old will stand trial accused of 19 child sex offences, including rape and indecent assault, in September.
Although the charges had previously been dropped due to a lack of evidence, he was later charged following a review of the case by the Crown Prosecution Service.