This story discusses topics including rape and sexual assault.
EastEnders spoilers follow.
Dean Wicks has blackmailed Linda Carter in a twisted EastEnders cliffhanger.
Viewers know that Dean did rape Linda several years ago, but he was technically acquitted in court over a separate offence.
In Tuesday's (November 21) episode, Dean did regain consciousness and immediately accused George of trying to kill him.
Cindy Beale immediately rushed to George's defence by calling an ambulance and insisting she didn't actually see George push Dean down the stairs. Ian was furious to see his partner defending her ex-husband.
Ian immediately put pressure on Cindy to tell the police the truth about George pushing Dean, and after some argument between them, she agreed.
Next, it was Linda Carter who was put in a difficult position as she found out that George was on a suspended sentence and would go to prison if convicted.
Linda decided to make a tremendous sacrifice by telling Dean she'd stop mentioning his abuse and let him live in Walford in peace if he were to drop the charges against George.
This wasn't good enough for Dean, as he revealed the only way he'd drop the charges is if Linda tells her friends and family that he didn't actually rape her.
Is Linda willing to falsely clear Dean's name?
EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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