Jessie Wallace in 'crisis talks' with BBC bosses after drunken arrest - report

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EastEnders chiefs have reportedly hauled in longtime star Jessie Wallace for crisis talks following a drunken arrest outside a nightclub in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

The 50-year-old actress, who plays Kat Slater in the BBC soap, visited Flex nightclub in the town after watching a Madness concert nearby and became involved in an altercation with officers in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Onlookers described her as using abusive language towards officers and kicking one cop in the groin. Video footage showed her being led away in handcuffs.

Suffolk Police said in a statement to The Sun: "A 50-year-old woman was arrested early on 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 receiving a conditional caution."

Following news of the incident, BBC bosses are reportedly set to hold a crisis meeting with Jessie, who was previously suspended from the show for two months in 2020 for allegedly drinking on set.

"She clearly hoped this wouldn't come out and didn't want the production team to know about it, which may explain why she was so quick to accept the conditional caution and avoid a public court hearing," a source said.

"At first she played down the claims, but pictures and videos, as well as onlookers, tell a much more serious tale and one that the BBC are very concerned by. They're considering all options."

Witnesses told the newspaper that they had been left shocked by her actions.

"It was truly shocking behaviour. She was out of control. It was worse than anything Kat Slater has done," one told The Sun. "She was a one-woman rampage. It was five minutes of carnage. The police dealt with it very well."