EastEnders actor Khali Best has been suspended from the BBC soap for three months.
The 26-year-old, who plays Dexter Hartman, will take a leave of absence as a punishment for “bad behaviour backstage and outside of work,” Digital Spy reports.
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Khali Best at the National Television Awards
An EastEnders spokesperson confirmed, “Khali Best has been suspended from EastEnders for three months. We will not comment any further on this matter.”
The news comes just a few months after Khali was named Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards.
His absence is not expected to affect any major storylines, as the soap focuses on the Lucy Beale murder plot.
Khali Best in EastEnders
Khali is the second actor to be suspended from the show this year. His co-star Ricky Norwood, who plays Arthur ‘Fatboy’ Chubb, received the same treatment in April after being caught on video apparently smoking cannabis.
After talks between the actor and show bosses, a spokesperson confirmed, “Ricky Norwood has been suspended from the show for a period of two months with immediate effect.
“In addition, Ricky would like to apologise to EastEnders’ viewers for any offence caused and for bringing the show into disrepute.”