Thanks to the tireless work of such luminary figures as OJ Simpson and Jim Davidson, celebrities who get caught up in some sort of scandalous legal action but are eventually exonerated now have a rather lucrative line of work open up to them: selling the tell-all story. After OJ published If I Did It (the […]
Thanks to the tireless work of such luminary figures as OJ Simpson and Jim Davidson, celebrities who get caught up in some sort of scandalous legal action but are eventually exonerated now have a rather lucrative line of work open up to them: selling the tell-all story.
After OJ published If I Did It (the completely hypothetical and imagined story of what might have happened had OJ gruesomely murdered his ex-wife), there appeared to be no taboos left to the publishing world. If you could sign a deal about your murder charge, you could sign a deal for anything.
Jim Davidson wrote his experience with Operation Yewtree up into a book and a stand-up tour by the name of No Further Action, turning what must have been a fairly grim and unfunny ordeal into two fairly grim and unfunny ordeals.
So you’d have thought that Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster off of Coronation Street) would be in a perfect position to broker some sort of deal for his story. After all, his world was turned upside down when he was suspended from Corrie pending the outcome of a trial in which Le Vell stood charged of 19 offences including indecent assault and the rape of a child.
Eventually the soap star was found not guilty of all charges – so where’s the big tell all? Where’s Le Vell setting the record straight, giving his version of events? Even if he isn’t bothered about getting things off his chest for peace of mind, there’s usually a pretty decent fee in all of this sort of stuff. It’s been two years now since he was back on our screens. Surely the window is closing?
Turns out that Le Vell tried, and succeeded, to get himself a deal. One of the newspapers offered him a pretty generous 200K to tell his side of the story, but Le Vell’s no sucker. He turned it down because he felt his story was worth 250K, and that he’d probably get a book deal out of it not just a newspaper tell-all.
Sadly, for Michael, no-one bit. He’s still to tell his side of the story. And currently has no book deal.