Linda Henry Shirley

EastEnders star Linda Henry has been cleared of using racist language towards a council warden after being reprimanded over a discarded cigarette butt.

The actress, who has played Shirley Carter in the soap since 2006, was alleged to have called the warden a “n*****” during an incident outside a Jamie Oliver restaurant in Greenwich, South East London on September, 14.

Henry, who was charged under her married name of Virilis, reportedly said to the community warden “Do you know who I am, I’m Shirley”, before using the term.

Henry, who has always denied the allegation, was found not guilty today at Bexley Magistrates’ Court.

“I am quite satisfied that there was a verbal spat between the defendant and Mrs Adetokunbo. I have no doubt that Mrs Virilis became annoyed, aggressive and uncooperative but I cannot be sure that these words were spoken and because of this I dismiss the charges.” – District Judge, Nigel Dean

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