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EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis arrives at court for assault and race hate trial

EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis arrives at court for assault and race hate trial after allegedly shouting ‘black lives don’t matter’ in Southend seafront bust-up

  • EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis has arrived at court for assault trial
  • She is accused of yelling ‘black likes don’t matter anyway’ in Southend brawl
  • The alleged beach bust-up is said to have occurred on July 31, 2020 
  • Jarvis denies racially aggravated harassment and assault charges

EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis has arrived at court for her assault and race hate trial today after she allegedly screamed ‘black lives don’t matter anyway’ during an Essex seaside bust-up. 

Jarvis, who played Hayley Slater in the soap from 2018 to 2019, is accused of yelling the insult before slapping a child during an altercation in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, in July 2020.

The 30-year-old, of Rainham, east London will later appear at Basildon Crown Court today charged with racially aggravated harassment, common assault and two counts of assault by beating.

At a hearing in May last year, Jarvis spoke only to confirm her personal details and to deny the four charges.  

Katie Jarvis is pictured on the phone outside Basildon Crown Court today

Jarvis joined the EastEnders cast in 2018 as the cousin of Kat Slater, played by Jessie Wallace

Jarvis joined the EastEnders cast in 2018 as the cousin of Kat Slater, played by Jessie Wallace

The charges relate to an alleged incident in the seaside resort on July 31, 2020, at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests.  

Prosecutors previously alleged that Jarvis got into a row with four women outside Papillon’s bar on the seafront. 

Despite having no acting experience, Jarvis made her debut in 2009 starring in the lead role of Mia in the critically acclaimed film Fish Tank.

Jarvis is let into the building by a member of staff as she arrives at Basildon Crown Court

Jarvis is let into the building by a member of staff as she arrives at Basildon Crown Court

She joined the EastEnders cast in 2018 as the cousin of Kat Slater, played by Jessie Wallace.

One of her storylines saw her have an affair with Kat’s husband Alfie Moon – actor Shane Richie’s character – while they lived in Spain with Kat and their children.

Hayley then fell pregnant, giving birth to daughter Cherry.

Jarvis’s character was last seen on screen in February 2019 when Stacey Fowler, played by Lacey Turner, went to hospital to collect her after treatment for her mental health.

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