Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.
Casualty spoilers follow.
Casualty aired Matthew Afolami's final scenes tonight (April 23) as Osi Okerafor bowed out of the role.
Matthew's last episode saw him finally face up to the fact that he has PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), while also having a change of heart about his sexual harassment case against Stevie.
Viewers have seen Matthew suffer in silence for the past few months, haunted by his time working in the army.
Despite his clear distress, Stevie is the only person who has picked up on Matthew's struggles, but was subsequently reported for sexual harassment following their short-lived fling.
Ahead of the hearing tonight, Stevie was forced to admit her relationship with Matthew was unprofessional, but insisted that that his sexual assault claims are a bid to divert attention away from his PTSD.
At the hearing, Matthew makes it clear that Stevie behaved inappropriately. However, when the administrator questioned Matthew about his PTSD, he had another flashback and had to leave.
While working in Resus, Matthew had a vivid flashback of operating in a war zone and was forced to stop.
Putting their differences asides, Stevie was on hand to support him, prompting Matthew to finally state that he was suffering from PTSD.
During their heart-to-heart, Matthew apologised to Stevie for letting his accusations go this far, and admitted that his PTSD has immensely impacted his work.
Matthew then met with Dylan to revoke his sexual assault claims and resign.
Dylan offered Matthew his full support, but later accused Stevie of losing him a good doctor.
Digital Spy can confirm that Osi has left the role of Matthew. He has been on the show since May 2021.
Casualty will continue with a double episode on Saturday, April 30 on BBC One.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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