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EastEnders star Katie Jarvis to stand trial over assault and racially-aggravated harassment in Essex

EastEnders star Katie Jarvis denies assault and race hate crime after she was accused of shouting ‘black lives don’t matter anyway’ and ‘I’m a celebrity’ before hitting 11-year-old child in Southend beach brawl

  • Katie Jarvis has been charged with assault and racially aggravated harassment
  • The actress played Hayley Slater in British soap EastEnders from 2018 to 2019
  • She spoke only to confirm her personal details and to deny the four charges. 

An EastEnders star denies assault and a race hate crime during an Essex seaside bust-up.

Katie Jarvis – who played Hayley Slater in the soap from 2018 to 2019 – allegedly yelled ‘black lives don’t matter anyway’ and ‘I am a celebrity’ before slapping a child during multiple altercations in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, in July last year.

The 29-year-old, of Rainham, east London, appeared before Basildon Crown Court today charged with racially aggravated harassment, common assault and two counts of assault by beating.

She spoke only to confirm her personal details and to deny the four charges. 

Katie Jarvis – who played Hayley Slater in the soap from 2018 to 2019 – appeared before Basildon Crown Court on Monday (pictured outside court)

The 29-year-old (left, leaving court with a friend), of Rainham, east London, is charged with racially aggravated harassment, common assault and two counts of assault by beating

The 29-year-old (left, leaving court with a friend), of Rainham, east London, is charged with racially aggravated harassment, common assault and two counts of assault by beating

The accusations relate to an alleged incident in the seaside resort on July 31 last year.

Jarvis allegedly got into a row with four women outside Papillon’s bar on the seafront.

Later she hurled abuse outside a takeaway and then when she was refused entry to a seafront hotel became abusive before slapping an 11-year-old girl, prosecutor Ashley Petchey earlier told the court. 

Jarvis (left in 2009 and right, on the soap) spoke only to confirm her personal details and to deny the four charges

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

Jarvis (left in 2009 and right, on the soap) spoke only to confirm her personal details and to deny the four charges

Tahmina Majid, representing Jarvis, instead said the actress was the victim and acted in self-defence ‘in relation to all the charges’ during a court appearance in April.

Details of the case were not opened at Monday’s plea hearing. Jarvis was bailed until her trial date of April 19 next year.

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

One of her storylines saw Jarvis's character Hayley (right) have an affair with Kat's husband Alfie Moon (left) - actor Shane Richie's character - while they lived in Spain with Kat (centre) and their children

One of her storylines saw Jarvis’s character Hayley (right) have an affair with Kat’s husband Alfie Moon (left) – actor Shane Richie’s character – while they lived in Spain with Kat (centre) and their children

Jarvis 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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