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EastEnders star Scott Maslen confesses; "I nearly killed a man with an iron bar"
Topic Started: Oct 16 2010, 09:33 PM (783 Views)
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He's the sexiest star in soaps and a favourite to waltz away with the Strictly title - but Scott Maslen has a dark and violent secret.

The EastEnders hunk has revealed a past as hard as Jack Branning's, the character he plays in the soap. Ex-model Scott, who also starred in The Bill, once attacked a man with a steel pipe in a street fight, for racially abusing a friend - and feared that he had killed him.

Scott, 39, a favourite to win the BBC1 show with Natalie Lowe, was a teenager when a friend phoned saying he had been racially abused by kids in Greenwich, East London.

He said: "I met him there and he knocked on their door. He received a complete tirade of racist abuse from this 40-something geezer, the father of some of the boys.

"We were just 16. I was about 15st and had just been sitting on the wall listening. Suddenly it had all gone off and turned very nasty. The father went back in the house, I thought to call the police, but actually came back outside with a baseball bat.

"One of the kids pulled a bit of steel piping from a nearby skip. He swung it into my ribs, then into the side window of a car.

"I was an animal trapped up a dead end street. Somehow I grabbed the piping, went back up the street and whacked the dad. We ran off. It was a mad two minutes.

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"I stayed up that night studying for my O level history exam the next day but all the time in the back of my mind thinking 'maybe I killed him'."

Scott was also twice on the receiving end of beatings, once by a football hooligan at a match and, again aged 16, after starting a fight on the Old Kent Road, in London.

He said: "Following West Ham I remember getting a boot in the face at Crystal Palace's ground. I was only about 14. Personally, I overstepped the mark just once. I started taking the p*** but picked the wrong bloke. I thought it had all died down but an hour later in the toilets he hit me in the back of the head with a cosh and then spun me around and struck me again.

"I knew I just had to take it as a weapon was involved. I think that what's saved me."

Scott said the gravity of the incidents saw him turn his life around. He said: "It made me turn my back on my local background."

He's since settled down with wife Estelle, 35, in a four-bedroom house in North London. He said balancing EastEnders and Strictly is not easy, adding: "Wherever you are you have to practise all the time. You're eating it, living it and sleeping it. You don't have enough time to learn it."

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/10/16/eastenders-star-scott-maslen-confesses-i-nearly-killed-a-man-with-an-iron-bar-115875-22637941/#ixzz12aEycbeh
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