Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell could face bankruptcy after fighting child sex claims in 2013.
The 52-year-old actor – who plays Kevin Webster in the long-running soap – sold his £750,000 home after he was accused of 12 attacks on a girl and being ordered to pay more than £200,000 in court fees.
He could now be on the radar of the Bankruptcy Unit of the Land Registry, according to The Sun newspaper.
Le Vell’s marriage to his wife Janette Beverley ended following the ordeal four years ago, during which he battled to clear his name of sexual abuse charges.
The soap star – whose real name is Michael Turner – was cleared by a jury of all 12 counts.
However, Ministry of Justice rules prevent taxpayers from footing the bill if they can afford their defence, and stopped him from claiming back his huge costs.
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In 2013, the TV favourite took time away from the cobbles to deal with court proceedings.
He planned to return in 2014, and finally made his comeback in May that year after admitting to taking cocaine in March 2014.
The news comes after Le Vell was offered a new £250,000 to stay on the ITV soap.
Earlier this year, viewers saw his longstanding character Kevin arrested when his garage went up in flames.
OK! Online has contacted Le Vell for comment.