The actress and radio presenter Roxanne Pallett has left the Celebrity Big Brother house just 24 hours after escaping eviction.
Her exit comes just days after she broke down in tears and accused housemate and former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas of being physically abusive to her.
In a statement, a Celebrity Big Brother spokesman confirmed she had decided to leave the house and that the other housemates had been informed of her decision.
On Thursday night’s episode, the 24-year-old could be seen laughing and play fighting with Ryan who appeared to playfully punch her in the ribs as she walked by with some laundry.
Later though she entered the Diary Room and claimed she’d been ‘punched repeatedly, unprovoked and completely deliberately’ by Ryan and demanded he be removed from the Channel 5 show.
I went from being upset to being angry, because a boy has punched me repeatedly, unprovoked. And we weren’t play fighting, there was no banter, it wasn’t a joke.
Following the incident, Big Brother issued Ryan with a formal warning while Roxanne asked to sleep away from the other housemates for her own safety.
Following Big Brother’s rebuke, Ryan apologised to Roxanne and said: ‘I think we both know, and Roxanne, that there was no malice or anger in anything I did’.
Roxanne’s reaction to the incident prompted 11,215 complaints, from people who believed she’d overreacted to what was obviously play fighting.
I don't engage with #CBB but I can't let what just happened pass
She clearly has issues & needs help
— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) August 30, 2018
The former Chief Prosecutor for North West England Nazir Afzal, who campaigns on violence against women, took to Twitter to comment on Roxanne’s allegations.
He claimed that Roxanne had ‘set back immense work’ done by charities with her false allegation and that ‘clearly has issues and needs help’.
I have now seen it all ! Women like that are so dangerous! Trying to damage my brothers reputation over what was blatantly some harmless play fighting. Be a drama queen all you want but don’t try and ruin someone in the process! Nasty that !
— Scott Thomas (@scottyspecial) August 30, 2018
Ryan’s brother Scott Thomas tweeted his own outrage at Roxanne’s reaction claiming she was trying to damage his brother’s reputation.
Former Miss Great Britain and domestic abuse survivor Danielle Lloyd also joined the chorus of criticism accusing Pallett of ‘making a mockery of women who have actually been terrified in violent relationships’.
I don’t believe in any man raising a hand to any women but I do believe what Roxanne is doing in big brother is making a mockery of women who have actually been terrified in violent relationships. Me being one! Am sorry but this isn’t a game luv [sic] it’s a serious accusation.
Cor @RoxannePallett has not come out well from this ??♂️ I feel sorry for the lad sure, but he will have a lot of support at the end of it all. Im concerned about her though. This could ruin her life. Shes going to get torn to bits. Albeit her own fault admittedly. Nightmare
— Wayne Holden (@w24holden) September 1, 2018
There are some defending Roxanne online however with at least one commenter pointing out ‘This could ruin her life’. He added: ‘She’s going to get torn to bits. Albeit her own fault admittedly. Nightmare’.
Others were quick to point out that while Roxanne’s behaviour was bad the internet shouldn’t form a lynch mob’ as they believe Big Brother has presented the situation in the worst way possible for ratings.
Having said what I have re the #roxannepallett debacle, it’s also important not to create a virtual lynch mob. She needs to be held accountable, but however reckless her behaviour was, she should have been pulled up on it in the house. It is equally reckless of @bbuk to have
— Maïa Dunphy (@MaiaDunphy) September 1, 2018
Speaking to Metro yesterday a spokesperson for Ofcom explained that they assessing the complaints against their broadcasting rules, before deciding whether or not to investigate.
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