EASTENDERS star Jessie Wallace was arrested for kneeing a police officer in the groin during an F-word tirade at a drunken raid outside a nightclub.
The 50-year-old actress, who plays the wild Kat Slater, left him on his knees in agony early Sunday morning.
They took her away in handcuffs. One viewer said of her drinking breakdown in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk: “It was really shocking behaviour. She was out of control. It was worse than anything Kat Slater ever did.”
Eastenders bosses were in talks last night about Jessie’s future after her embarrassment at the nightclub, where she told a cop to “fuck you, you fat piece of shit.”
The foul-mouthed actress, 50, who is just 5ft 1in, also kneed the officer in the goolies during “five minutes of carnage” earlier on Sunday.
He was left doubled over in pain before Wallace, who plays Kat Slater on the BBC soap opera, was bundled into a police van.
It is believed that he initially tried to downplay the incident, the last to affect his career, and EastEnders bosses were only informed when The Sun broke the news.
One viewer said: “It was really shocking behavior. She was out of control. It was worse than anything Kat Slater ever did.
“She was a one-woman rampage. It was five minutes of carnage. The police handled it very well.”
Wallace had been at a Madness concert on Saturday in Thetford Forest, Suffolk, posing with fans for photos.
Later he headed to the Flex in Bury St Edmunds, a nightclub famous for its two-for-one deals on Hooch, VK and fishbowl cocktails.
But around 2 a.m., a man believed to be Wallace’s new mystery lover was seen arguing with police officers outside.
Wallace then launched into a foul-mouthed tirade before being handcuffed for public disorder. As stunned revelers looked on, he convinced an officer to release her, and all hell broke loose.
A witness said: “The police were trying to move people.
“She told them to go fuck themselves. She was furious and started screaming. An officer said: ‘If you swear again, we will arrest you.’ She said, ‘Fuck off, you fat piece of shit.’ She was very drunk. An officer then handcuffed her and told her that she was being arrested for a section five public order offence. She seemed upset and kept apologizing.
“She was begging them to let her go. A policeman said that if they let her go, she needs to take a taxi and go home. As soon as the handcuffs were taken off her, she said, ‘Fuck off, you bastard.’ It was vile behavior.
“They told her they had given her a warning so they started putting handcuffs on her and arresting her again. One tried to put them on and she knees him in the buttocks. She fell to her knees.
“He was in so much pain, poor thing. The Scream. Other police officers intervened. They put her in the van and an officer searched her.”
Wallace was later released after accepting a conditional warning for assaulting a police officer and drunken and disorderly behavior. Since then, concerned EastEnders executives have been holding a series of meetings in which they vowed to “get to the bottom of things.”
Experts say the actress first tried to downplay what had happened and didn’t tell bosses about her arrest or warning before The Sun broke the news.
A source said, “She clearly hoped this wouldn’t come to light and didn’t want the production team to know about it, which may explain why she so quickly accepted the conditional warning and avoided a public court hearing. At first, she downplayed the claims, but the images and videos, as well as viewers, tell a much more serious story and one that worries the BBC a lot. They are considering all options.”
Wallace was photographed barefoot and teary-eyed at the British Soap Awards this month.
In 2020, her character Kat was written out of the script for two months so the actress could “get by” while serving a suspension for allegedly drinking on set. In 2018, she was kicked out of the British Soap Awards before they started for being “too drunk”.
Suffolk Police said: “A woman in her 50s was arrested early Sunday morning in St Andrew’s Street, Bury St Edmunds on suspicion of assaulting a police officer/drunk and disorderly conduct and was released without charge after receive a conditional warning. ”
The BBC has been contacted for comment.
ROW TO ACTIVATE CLOSING CREDITS
By Simon Boyle, Executive Editor of Showbiz
METHOD The performance can be praised in Hollywood, but it’s hard to justify outside of an up-market nightclub.
And this new low in Jessie Wallace’s checkered history looks like it could be the final finishing touch of her soap opera career.
Or at least it should. Jessie may be a colorful character, as well as a talented actress, but her personal life now makes EastEnders’ sassy Kat Slater look wholesome, and she risks doing serious damage to the show’s primetime brand.
She has been repeatedly suspended in her 22-year association with Albert Square, with drug and alcohol problems, arrests and public embarrassment on her rap sheet.
Jessie may be fighting demons, but assaulting the cops and wasting her overtaxed resources leaves little room for forgiveness. Viewers make it clear that this poor cop did his best to prevent an escalation in this situation before receiving a barrage of abuse and a well aimed knee at the killers.
There should be no place for a bully in BBC1’s flagship drama. It’s not that Enders bosses aren’t in trouble enough, with ratings plummeting, veterans departing and budgets strained.
Executives need top-tier professionals who produce riveting performances, not drunken prima donnas mimicking soap operas outside provincial nightspots.
This is a story that has clearly run its course.