Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell raped a young girl as she clutched a teddy bear, a court has been told.
The actor allegedly told the girl, "It's Okay, just keep calm, stay asleep... I'm going to get rid of the evil," as he sexually abused the youngster, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Le Vell, 48, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, is facing 12 charges in all - five counts of rape, three of indecent assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
Le Vell, who is on trial under his real name of Michael Turner, denies the offences and shook his head saying "not guilty" in a strong voice as the charges were put to him before his trial began.
After 12 jurors were selected, two members asked to be excused and two replacements were selected for a jury of eight women and four men. Judge Michael Henshell warned them: "The man on trial is Michael Turner, not the character he plays."
Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, then began the opening address, telling the jury Le Vell was a "heavy drinker". She said: "There is no room in your deliberations for any form of emotion or sympathy or prejudice. You must judge the facts of this case using your own common sense."
Ms Laws said the abuse began when Le Vell slipped his hand under the girl's clothing. Afterwards Le Vell seemed happy, "as if it was giving him pleasure", the jury heard.
The abuse progressed to Le Vell allegedly forcing the girl to touch him, with her "too frightened" to do anything, the court heard.
The court heard the first time he raped the girl, she clutched one teddy bear while Le Vell put another teddy bear over her mouth, it is alleged.
"It's okay. I'm making the evil stop once and for all now. It'll be fine," he allegedly told the girl.