EastEnders star Tony Discipline – who of course plays Tyler Moon – was cleared of all charges relating to an alleged assault by a judge in London yesterday after it was ruled that evidence in the case was “unsafe”.
The charges against Tony arose after an incident which occurred in May of 2011 in which it was alleged that Tony hit Hayden Deol so hard that he had to have titanium plates fitted into his jaws.
The incident happened at trendy London nightspot Merah in Belgravia when Tony and his EastEnders co-star Shona McGarty – who of course plays Whitney Dean – were partying with their former co-star Bunmi Mojekwu, who played Mercy Olubunmi.
Prosecutors alleged that Tony had lashed out at Deol after his brother Sab Deol poked fun at what he was wearing, saying, “Don’t you wear that t-shirt to work?”
However, during the hearing yesterday at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Geoffrey Pegden QC halted proceedings midway, saying that the version of events given by both Hayden and Sab Deol were so “markedly different” it would be “unsafe” to continue.
The judge told the jury, “I’ve come to the conclusion that, bearing in mind the markedly different accounts of these two young men inside the club, no jury properly directed in the legal principles could safely and properly be sure that the assault, if there indeed was one, was unlawful, in the sense that it was other than lawful and reasonable self-defence.
“I’m going to ask that you please return unanimous verdicts of not guilty at my direction.”
The Daily Mail adds, “As the jury returned its verdict Discipline smiled and nodded in the dock before embracing his mum and dad, after he was allowed out of the dock.”
Tony left court hand in hand with his girlfriend Jacqueline Jossa, who plays the role of Lauren Branning in EastEnders.