Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner) is to dump boyfriend Dean Wicks (Matt DiAngelo) after making the grim discovery that he raped Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter (Kellie Bright).
In the run-up to Christmas, Stacey will grow increasingly troubled by Linda’s behaviour whenever she’s around Dean. After seeking Linda out upstairs at the Vic, Stacey opens up about her own past ordeal at the hands of Archie Mitchell. A transfixed Linda can only nod in recognition – which is all the confirmation Stacey needs that she was raped by Dean.
In the aftermath of Linda’s revelation, an angry Stacey will be seen finishing with Dean, who doesn’t know why their relationship has come to such a sudden end. However, when he learns that Stacey and Linda have grown close, the penny drops. After he sees the two talking, he storms over to The Vic to tell Linda to “stop lying” about him and to convince Stacey to give him another chance.
Lee interrupts the conversation to ask what’s going on, which is when Dean drops a bombshell…Find out the repercussions when EastEnders airs these scenes on Tuesday 23 December.
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