Michael Le Vell Exits Soap To Deal With Personal Issues

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March 5, 2014 | 11:14am EST

British actor Michael Le Vell has walked away from his role in U.K. soap opera Coronation Street to deal with “personal issues” after he admitted taking cocaine.
The star, who has played mechanic Kevin Webster in the show for 30 years, hit headlines over the weekend when U.K. newspaper Sunday Mirror published an interview in which he confessed to snorting the drug in the run up to his recent trial.
Le Vell admitted he was “ashamed” of his behavior and insisted he was caught in a “moment of weakness” after he was wrongly accused of child sex charges.
He was cleared of the allegations last year and returned to work on the soap, but Coronation Street executives have now confirmed Le Vell is taking a hiatus to focus on his personal problems.
A statement from ITV, the U.K. network behind the show, reads, “Coronation Street and Michael Le Vell have mutually agreed he will take a break from the program while he seeks professional help for personal issues.”