A Nigerian woman who accused a British actress of racially abusing her has lost her case.
Iyabo Adetokunbo(pictured), a council warden, claimed she was racially abused by EastEnders actress Linda Henry(pictured right) after she reprimanded the latter for dropping a cigarette butt outside a restaurant in Greenwich, South London last September.
But on Wednesday, Bexley Magistrates’ Court ruled in favour of the actress, Sky News reports.
The court heard allegations that, having previously refused to hand over personal details, Linda gave the warden limited information, including what the officer suspected was a fake postcode.
Linda, who was charged under her married name Varilis, was then alleged to have told the woman, Iyabo Adetokunbo: “Who do you think you are? Go away, f*** off, n*****.”
But in a police interview played to the court, the 55-year-old strongly denied using racially aggravated threatening or abusive words.
Asked in it if she had said to the woman “Do you know who I am?”, Henry told the interviewing officer: “I can swear to God, I would do a lie detector, I would do anything.
“I would never, ever, ever, say that to a member of the public, or anybody.”
The court heard Linda took a sharp breath when the allegations about the racial slur were put to her.
“I totally … I might take her to court. That is absolutely disgusting,” she said.
District Judge Nigel Dean said: “Ms Varilis is of previous good character, which means that she has enhanced credibility, in addition to which she is someone who does not have the propensity of behaving in the way that the Crown allege that she did on the occasion in September.”
He said there was no “corroborative evidence” to support the version of events given by Ms Adetokunbo.
Linda, who has played feisty barmaid Shirley since 2006, is also known for her role as Yvonne Atkins in the drama Bad Girls between 1999 and 2003.