EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis has appeared in court charged with going on a racist rampage during a seaside trip shouting “Black Lives don’t matter” and “I was on EastEnders, I am a celebrity”, according to the sources.
The soap actress, 29, known for playing Hayley Slater, is accused of assault, racially aggravated harassment, using threatening words or behavior, assault by beating a woman, and assault by beating an 11-year-old girl.
Appearing at Southend Magistrates’ Court today (Thur), dressed in a black coat and wearing a face mask, Jarvis indicated she would plead not guilty.
She spoke to confirm her name and age and her decision to be tried before a crown court jury.
Ashley Petchey, prosecuting, said:
“This concerns Miss Jarvis who has come to Southend-on-Sea.
“Over the course of three hours, she has committed racially aggravated offenses on a number of different people.”
He said she got into an altercation 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, the court was told.
Tahmina Majid, representing Jarvis, told the court she intended to plead not guilty to the charges and that she was the victim, acting in self-defense.
“She is a victim abused and attacked and that she acted in self-defense in relation to all the charges.”
Jarvis, of Rainham in Essex, will next appear in court on May 13.
District Judge Timonthy King said:
“I allocate your case to Basildon Crown Court.
“Your next hearing will be four weeks from today at Basildon Crown Court for a plea hearing and preparation hearing on May 13.”
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.
She went on to play Hayley Slater in Eastenders, a character most known for her fling with Kat Slater’s husband Alfie Moon which left her pregnant with baby daughter Cherry.