EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis pleads GUILTY to shouting ‘black lives don’t matter’


EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis ADMITS shouting ‘black lives don’t matter’ at woman and spitting at a pub worker in Southend seafront bust-up

  • EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis admitted yelling ‘black lives don’t matter’
  • She screamed insult during bust-up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex in July 2020
  • Judge Samantha Leigh adjourned sentencing until tomorrow morning

EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis today admitted yelling ‘black lives don’t matter’ during an Essex seaside bust-up.

The 30-year-old, who played Hayley Slater in the BBC soap from 2018 to 2019, had been accused of shouting the shocking insult during an altercation in Southend-on-Sea, Essex in July 2020.

Jarvis, of Rainham, east London was set to go on trial at Basildon Crown Court, but instead pleaded guilty to using racially aggravated harassment against Michelle Antonio after a morning of legal discussions.

The mother-of-two also admitted a charge of common assault today after a court heard she spat towards a pub worker.

Wearing silver hoop earrings and a black and white rose patterned jacket, Jarvis stood behind reinforced glass in the dock and took deep breaths before she pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors did not go into any details, other than confirm the common assault related to a ‘spitting incident’.

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

Judge Samantha Leigh adjourned sentencing until tomorrow morning. She said there had been CCTV captured of the incident which had been ‘unpleasant’ but she did not give Jarvis any indication of the sentence she would be passing. The former BBC actress was granted an unconditional bail.

Patrick Heart, defending, said the sentencing hearing would hear statements from Jarvis’s family members.

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

The charges related to an 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.

Jarvis was charged with racially aggravated harassment, common assault and two counts of assault by beating.

No evidence was put before the court of the other two allegations, and sentencing will be based on just the two counts Jarvis pleaded to.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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