The EastEnders fans saw a dark side to snare Gray Atkins when he brutally attacked his wife in a shocking new storyline for domestic abuse.
In Friday night's BBC soap opera episode, viewers witnessed & # 39; the devastating truth & # 39; about the successful lawyer and his wife Chantelle they seem to have the perfect life & # 39 ;.
The young couple Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) and Gray (Toby Alexander Smith) moved to Albert Square with their two children earlier this year and presented a perfect family.
Dark storyline: EastEnders saw a dark side to decorate Gray Atkins in a shocking new storyline for domestic abuse
Crazy: Young couple Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) and Gray (Toby Alexander Smith) moved to Albert Square with their two children earlier this year and presented a perfect family photo
But in Friday's episode, Gray attacked his wife, a hairdresser, when they were alone and it soon became apparent that this had happened before.
After being embarrassed by Chantelle's father-in-law Mitch Baker when he defeated him in a charity race, he soon became violent.
As soon as they entered the door, Gray grabbed a frightened Chantelle and brutally beat her.
While she grinned on the floor, crying in pain, he said, "I told you not to laugh at me," before you accused her of "playing the victim & # 39;"
He said to her: & You turn to me, making me feel like an outsider.
Scary: grinning while she was crying on the floor in pain, he said: & # 39; I told you not to laugh at me & # 39; before you accused her of playing the victim & # 39;
Shocking: in the episode of Friday night's BBC soap, viewers witnessed & # 39; the devastating truth & # 39; about the successful lawyer and his wife Chantelle who & # 39; the perfect life & # 39; seem to have
& # 39; I do everything for you, Chan, and you treat me like I'm nothing. Please don't do the victim, let's just leave it now, okay? & # 39;
The EastEnders fans were quick to blow up the sickening behavior of Gray, with some branding as & # 39; disgusting & # 39 ;.
One wrote: & # 39; Holy s ***. I didn't see that coming … Damn it, gray! # Eastenders & # 39;
Another said: & # 39; Gray what a terrible disgusting insulting man # EastEnders & # 39;
But Chantelle has kept the abuse secret and it soon becomes clear that she has suffered in silence.
Jessica, who plays Chantelle, said she felt honored to take responsibility & # 39; of the moving storyline.
Domestic violence: but in Friday's episode, Gray attacked his wife, a barber, when they were alone and it soon became clear that this had happened before
& # 39; This is an issue that I and everyone at EastEnders hope we can become aware of & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; Many women and men in Chantelle's situation suffer in silence and we really hope that by showing this story we can emphasize a problem and encourage people in similar situations to seek the help they need have. & # 39;
Toby, who plays Gray, said the story of the pair would take a big turn for the audience & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This storyline shows how hidden the view of domestic violence is still, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; To the ignorant eye, Gray appears to be a loving husband and a devoted father, but his charm is a front for the power and control he exerts over Chantelle – an experience all too often seen by thousands of women in the whole country.
Terrifying: Toby, who plays Gray, said the story of the pair & # 39; would take a big turn for the audience & # 39;
& # 39; Domestic violence, in all its forms, is against the law and is covered in secrecy.
& # 39; I hope that by tackling such a sensitive issue we can become aware of the importance of changing social values so that both women and men have the right to live without abuse, invasion, powerlessness and intimidation. & # 39;
The BBC One soap worked with Refuge and Women & # 39; s Aid on the story and the script.
EastEnder's boss Kate Oates said: & When Chantelle and Gray arrived on the square, they gave many of their neighbors a generous portion of zest for life with their perfect relationship and without filtering appearance and lifestyle.
& # 39; But there is truth in the old saying that you do not know what is happening behind closed doors, and the very first time we crossed the number one threshold, we saw the truth of their relationship and the violence of gray subjects Chantelle against .
& # 39; In this story, we want to acknowledge the fact that any relationship, enviable enviable, can be influenced by violence and abuse.
& # 39; Chantelle is strong and capable, with friends and family to support her, and yet she is still unable to express what is happening to her, and therefore someone is prevented from helping her because she regards abuse as a shameful secret.
& # 39; We hope this story encourages women and men who experience violence to seek the help we know they deserve. & # 39;
Tragic: Jessica, who plays Chantelle, said she felt honored to take responsibility & # 39; of the moving storyline
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