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EastEnders bosses investigating Maisie Smith after smoking a 'strong-smelling' cigarette

Maisie Smith is being investigated by BBC bosses after she was spotted smoking a 'strong-smelling' cigarette at the wheel of her car, reports the Sun.

The EastEnders actress, 19, has also reportedly ruffled feathers after signing a big money Tik Tok deal despite being told not to by soap chiefs.

Maisie, who plays Tiffany Butcher in the soap, has apparently violated the terms of her EastEnders contract by inking a deal to promote musicians on the app.

Looking into it: Maisie Smith is being investigated by BBC bosses after she was spotted smoking a 'strong-smelling' cigarette at the wheel of her car, reports the Sun

The publication have reported that bosses were 'angry' and 'extremely disappointed' after Maisie was caught smoking a hand-rolled cigarette, after pulling over on an empty road in Essex on Sunday July 19.

Maisie previously allegedly turned down an eye-watering amount of money from a record label to promote their artists music on her videos. 

She reportedly rejected the offer after being told it would breach her EastEnders contract, however she is believed to have gone on to accept a second deal.    

Pictured: Maisie was caught smoking a hand-rolled cigarette, after pulling over on an empty road in Essex on Sunday July 19 (pictured)

An insider told the Sun: 'EastEnders do not take matters like this lightly. There's no blanket rule on deals, and they take each case on its own merit.

'But if they're asked if it's OK and the star is told 'No', they take a very dim view about it then happening. Paired up with the incident a few weeks ago, it doesn't look good.

'She will be spoken to in no uncertain terms and told it will not happen again.'

Not impressed: Maisie, who plays Tiffany Butcher in the soap, has apparently violated the terms of her EastEnders contract by inking a deal to promote musicians on Tik Tok

Deals: Maisie previously allegedly turned down an eye-watering amount of money from a record label to promote their artists music on her videos

An EastEnders spokeswoman confirmed to the publication: 'We are looking into this matter.'

MailOnline have contacted representatives for Maisie and EastEnders for comment.

It comes after Maisie was criticised by fellow soap star Kym Marsh for 'setting a bad example' when was pictured smoking a 'strong smelling' hand-rolled cigarette while behind the wheel of her car. 

Kym, 44, who plays Michelle Connor on rival soap Coronation Street, has criticised the 'really silly' actress, insisting she should use her public platform to set a good example for younger fans.

Speaking out: Kym Marsh recently slammed Maisie for 'setting a bad example' after the EastEnders star was pictured smoking a 'strong smelling' hand-rolled cigarette while behind the wheel of her car

Addressing the incident in her OK! column, she wrote: 'This was a really silly thing to do. We all make mistakes and do things wrong, and hopefully this is something Maisie will learn from as she's only 19.

'When you're in a soap, you have to remember that you have an influence on others - especially younger people - and you have to set an example.

'You are an ambassador for your show, so you have to make sure you uphold its values. I can't imagine she will get away with it lightly.'

According to The Sun, Maisie paused to smoke the cigarette before finishing and hastily driving off after a police car pulled into the area on Two Tree Island. 

Maisie and her pal were said to have been parked for around 40 minutes on the Sunday afternoon around 3:50pm.

According to the publication, the pair initially stopped before moving to a more secluded corner on the island.

They reportedly spent about seven minutes rolling the cigarette before smoking it and then left around 4:30 pm after a police car arrived.

An onlooker said: 'Locals know this area as a spot for people having a smoke. She had the window open and the smell was really strong. I couldn't believe she was doing it while driving.' 

Mistake: 'This was a really silly thing to do. We all make mistakes and do things wrong, and hopefully this is something Maisie will learn from as she's only 19,' Kym told fans 

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