The spineless BBC bosses waved a shamed Jessie Wallace back onto the set of EastEnders after she kneed a police officer in private.
Amazingly, they let go of the actress who plays the wild Cat Slater with just a slap on the wrist.
The 50-year-old star was arrested early Sunday morning during a drunken brawl outside a nightclub.
But a Beeb spokeswoman said last night, “Senior management spoke to Jessie Wallace about the incident and explicitly warned that this behavior was unacceptable, and Jessie expressed deep regret.”
The incident, which left a cop on his knees in agony, was the latest in a long list of allegations that saw 50-year-old Jessie repeatedly suspended for bringing the soap into disrepute during her 22-year tenure.
Yesterday, Kristen Bell Tattoos posted shocking footage of her outburst, in which two police officers dragged her into a police van after she yelled insults at a police officer before kneeling him.
She was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer – a crime for which you can get up to 12 months behind bars.
But she was released with a conditional warning.
An eyewitness reported that Jessie demanded “the biggest double brandy and cola you can find” just minutes before the attack.
Exclusive new footage shows her mysterious partner being “kicked” out of a nightclub and taken away by police.
Jessie and her man drank beer and wine at a Madness concert in Thetford Forest, Suffolk, then followed the locals to Bury St Edmunds to continue drinking.
Jessie entered the Verve bar late at around 12:30 pm, and at 1:30 pm moved to the Flex nightclub.
They were only inside for 30 minutes before Jesse the man was filmed being roughly treated by doormen as he was thrown out.
Jessiewho is 5 feet 1 inch, followed him four minutes later before “hell broke out” on the street.
She told the officer who was trying to calm her down “fuck off you fat bastard” before attacking him.
The man is believed to have been released under a “community order”.
Insiders told Kristen Bell Tattoos yesterday how they hoped the incident would end Jesse’s motley career on the show.
A source said, “Everyone on set thought she was gone this time – I mean, what does it take?
“She has been kicked out of award ceremonies and escorted home by her bosses, has been abusive in public and in private on numerous occasions, and regularly drinks herself full in public.
“In addition, she admitted several times to taking hard drugs and was told that she needed to clean up before she could continue, and yet she is constantly allowed to remain one of the most famous faces on BBC1.
The second added: “It seems like one rule for some and another for Jesse.
Law and order activists and politicians last night called on the BBC for tougher sanctions to send a clear message to others.
Former Met commander John O’Connor called the leniency “extremely disturbing”.
He said, “This can’t be good for the reputation of the show. She should be on the last warning.
Former Met Det Chief Inspector Mick Neville felt she should be suspended and forced to apologize.
He said, “Just because she’s playing Kat Slater doesn’t mean the BBC should encourage her to act that way.”
Conservative MP Brendan Clark-Smith said that as a public figure, Wallace should “set an example for millions of impressionable young people.”
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen called the BBC’s decision to allow her to return to work “unreasonable”.
Jessie has yet to publicly acknowledge wrongdoing or apologize for her behavior over the weekend.