Former EastEnders star Katie Jarvis ‘shouted black lives don’t matter’ and ‘slapped an 11 year old girl’, court hears

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Katie Jarvis "shouted 'black lives don't matter'" before "slapping" an 11 year old girl, an Essex court has heard.

The 29-year-old appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court on Thursday, accused of assault, racially aggravated harassment, using threatening words or behaviour, assault by beating a woman and assault by beating an 11 year old girl.

She is said to have shouted: "I was on EastEnders, I'm a celebrity," during the alleged incident after starring as Kat Slater's cousin Hayley on the BBC soap.

Katie appeared at the court in a black coat only to confirm her name and age, indicating that she would plead not guilty.

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In the alleged incidents which occurred in the space of three hours on Southend seafront on 31 July 2020, Katie is alleged to have "shouted at a group of four women" outside the Papillon pub before "assaulting them".

Prosecutor Ashley Petchey told the court: "This concerns Miss Jarvis who has come to Southend-on-Sea.

"Over the course of three hours, she has committed racially aggravated offences on a number of different people."

He added that the former soap star is alleged to have shouted "black lives don’t matter anyway" during the incident.

Katie is further alleged to have shouted abuse at a man waiting for a takeaway on Pier Hill in the seaside town before shouting threats at staff members when she was refused entry to a nearby hotel.

It is alleged that she then "slapped" an 11 year old girl.

Tahmina Majid, representing Katie, told the court she intended to plead not guilty to the charges and that she was in fact the victim, acting in self defence.

She said: "She is a victim abused and attacked and that she acted in self defence in relation to all the charges."

District Judge Timothy King told Katie: "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."

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