EastEnders’ newcomer Jonny Labey has spoken out about the homophobic threats he’s received online.

The star whose character, Paul Coker had an on-screen romp with Ben Micthell, which attracted 48 official complaints to OFCom has also been a target for abuse on social media.

Speaking to GT in their new issue, Jonny said that feedback on the scene and his character was:

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“…all very positive, I thought, but it wasn’t until I got curious and started nosing around that I found the negative ones.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s gay or not, there’s people that don’t agree or aren’t comfortable watching. It’s 2015, you need to move on from this stupid discrimination against gay men!

“People would’ve been fine if it was a guy and a girl kissing.”