EastEnders Ben police twist teased as rapist Lewis uses Peter to get revenge

EastEnders bad boy Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) finds himself in more trouble next week.

Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) fusses over Ben as he begins to have doubts about reporting rapist Lewis Butler (Aiden O'Callaghan) to the police.

Outside, Ben watches on as Lewis and Callum Highway (Tony Clay) have a seemingly close conversation.

Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) senses Ben’s mood and having had enough of being blamed for what happened with Lewis, Ben tells Jay that Lewis raped him.

The pair talk about the incident and Jay inadvertently puts doubts in Ben’s mind about going to the police.

Kathy takes Ben to the station but before they get there, Ben changes his mind, worried the police won’t believe him.

Ben later sends a message to Lewis asking to meet him.

Lewis is riled when Kathy fires him from his job at The Albert after what he did to Ben.

Meanwhile, crowbar in hand, Ben waits for Lewis at The Arches but when he’s a no show, storms over to The Albert and demands that Kathy tells him where Lewis lives.

Seeing red and believing Kathy is protecting Lewis, Ben struggles to keep his rage in check but Jay spots the commotion.

Fuming at what Kathy did, Lewis retaliates and tells Peter Beale (Dayle Hudson) that Ben is the one who attacked him.

Kathy is stunned when a drunk and enraged Peter tells her he knows it was Ben who attacked him.

Wanting Kathy to prove her loyalty to him, Peter asks her to report Ben to the police.

Will Kathy betray her son to support her grandson?

EastEnders has responded to BBC viewer complaints over Ben's harrowing rape scenes earlier this month.

A statement read: "EastEnders has been a pre-watershed BBC One staple for over 37 years and has a rich history of dealing with challenging and difficult issues and Ben’s story is one of these.

“We have worked closely with organisations and experts in the field to tell this story which we hope will raise awareness of sexual assaults and the issues surrounding them.

“We are always mindful of the timeslot in which EastEnders is shown and we took great care to signpost this storyline prior to transmission, through on-air continuity and publicity as well as providing a BBC Action Line at the end of the episode which offers advice and support to those affected by the issue."

EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday on BBC One at 7.30pm

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