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EastEnders 'gay sex' scene will not face Ofcom probe

Published 17/08/2015

Jonny Labey plays Paul Coker in EastEnders
Jonny Labey plays Paul Coker in EastEnders

An EastEnders scene involving secret couple Ben Mitchell and Paul Coker will not be investigated further by Ofcom.

The broadcast watchdog received 76 complaints after the implied sex scene in a funeral parlour aired a few weeks ago.

In the scene, the characters, played by Harry Reid and Jonny Labey, kiss next to an open coffin and are later seen getting dressed.

Ofcom said it assessed the complaints but " concluded they didn't raise issues warranting further investigation".

It went on to say: "We found the scenes were justified in the context of a long-running plotline and sexual contact between the characters was implied rather than overt.

"Our rules don't discriminate between scenes involving opposite-sex and same-sex couples."

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