EastEnders fans sickened as Kathy Beale makes Ben Mitchell beg his rapist for forgiveness

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EASTENDERS fans are sickened after Ben Mitchell was forced to beg his rapist Lewis Butler to save husband Callum Highway.

The mechanic – who is played by actor Max Bowden in the BBC soap – was raped by Lewis earlier this week but has been gaslit and forced to hide it.

Kathy persuades Ben to talk to Lewis – leaving fans horrified
Ben says sorry to Lewis to protect Callum

It has destroyed his marriage with Callum kicking him out and left him broken inside.

But tonight things got even worse after Callum punched Lewis last night.

Insisting Ben needed help, Kathy told him to get a psychologist, adding: “You see it on the telly all these people with sex addictions.”

“I do not have a sex addiction,” said Ben.

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“So why would you throw away a perfectly lovely relationship for a bit of slap and tickle with a barman?”

“I want him back,” said Ben.

“But he’s made up his mind and I don’t know how to change that back.”

Kathy told Ben that he had to go and speak to Lewis and stop him from reporting Callum for assaulting him yesterday.

She missed all the cues and sent him to the bar to ask Lewis to keep quiet.

He was forced to tell Lewis that they were friends – and to thank him for not reporting Callum.

The scene made viewers feel physically sick.

One wrote: “Why the bloody hell is Ben apologising to rapist Lewis for #EastEnders.”

A second said: “Ben saying the words “thank you Lewis” made me feel sick #EastEnders.”

Another added: “OMG Kathy, shut up already. It’s really NOT what it looks like sadly & definitely DON’T try & convince Ben to actually talk to Lewis, that’s absolutely the last thing he should do EVER #EastEnders 😮.”