The following article contains discussion of sexual abuse that some readers may find upsetting.
Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
George Kiss continues to escalate his coercive control of boyfriend John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks.
The sinister PC's former partner Dean Vickers (Paul Sloss) has arrived in the village now intent on warning John Paul (James Sutton), after once again being manipulated by George (Callum Kerr).
Dean shared his concerns about PC Kiss' abusive tendencies with Courtney Campbell (Amy Conachan), leading to uncomfortable scenes in Thursday's (February 4) first-look episode.
John Paul defended George by saying "there is no way George is any kind of abuser", just as the PC entered the cafe scowling while overhearing the topic of conversation.
Later, George twisted the truth by claiming that he hadn't asked Dean to the leave village out of fear because Dean used to abuse him – the direct opposite of what actually happened.
John Paul attempted to relate to George, who by this time was crying, by explaining that he too was a survivor of abuse – then opened up about being raped by Finn O'Connor.
Instead of supporting John Paul, George cruelly accused his boyfriend of letting him down by trying to steal the focus for himself.
"You shouldn't feel bad about [waiting to report Finn], but you should feel bad about this," George sniped. "I just opened up to you about something deeply personal, painful, and you made it all about you."
Now manipulated into feeling like he let George down, he was whipped up into a rage by the PC urging him to "prove" they were on the same side by getting rid of Dean.
A raging John Paul would go on to confront Dean in the car park, ripping up his tent and wrongly labelling him a domestic abuser.
"I'll never let George down again," John Paul vowed, while the PC watched on with a sadistic grin.
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information 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.
Organisations including The Mankind Initiative (www.mankind.org.uk) provide support and advice to male victims and survivors of domestic abuse, domestic violence and coercive control. Its confidential helpline, open weekdays between 10am and 4pm, is 01823 334244.
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