Spoilers: Gray Atkins tortures Chantelle in horrific bath scenes in EastEnders
EastEnders fans have been left horrified by scenes which showed abuser Gray Atkins (Toby Alexander-Smith) torturing his wife Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) – as he forced her to hold her head under her bath water for two minutes to prove she wanted the marriage to work.
Chantelle has been planning to escape the marriage with her kids after being trapped in a hell filled lockdown with Gray and she turned to Kheerat Panesar (Jaz Deol) for help with money to fund her divorce.
When he realised what the money was for he promised her that he would do everything he could but Suki (Balvinder Sopal) is already suspicious of his intentions when he asked for some cash for some business software.
Meanwhile, having been tracking Chantelle, Gray also went on the laptop history and found that she had been seeking legal advice. So when Chantelle arrived home, he wickedly turned the tables on her and told her that he was divorcing her – and taking the kids.
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Two thirds of women who were experiencing abuse from their partner/ex-partner in June told a Women’s Aid study that their abuser had started using lockdown restrictions or the Covid-19 virus and its consequences as part of the abuse. (66.7% of those answering question – Women’s Aid Survivor Survey, June 2020).
At the height of lockdown over three quarters of women living with an abuser said they felt they could not leave or get away because of the pandemic. (78.6% of those answering question – Women’s Aid Survivor Survey, April 2020).
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Petrified of Gray being left with custody of the children, she was thrown into a panic and later, while she was in the bath, Gray entered the room and laid out more threats about taking the children from her.
As she tearfully begged him, Gray told her to prove how dedicated she was to him – and the dark look of horror that crept over Chantelle’s face proved that this was not the first time she had been tortured in this manner.
Terrified of the consequences if she refused, Chantelle was forced to submerge herself as Gray timed her – and she was only allowed to come up after struggling for her life and terrorised when he clicked his fingers. The horrific scene has proven to Chantelle that she needs to bring forward her escape but tragically, fans will know that she will be caught by Gray, with fatal consequences.
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