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BBC breaks silence on Giovanni Pernice ‘aggravated abuse’ investigation with bizarre statement

BBC breaks silence on Giovanni Pernice ‘aggravated abuse’ investigation with bizarre statement

The BBC has finally broken its silence on the Strictly investigation into Giovanni Pernice with a bizarre statement.

The 33-year-old Strictly Come Dancing pro has faced a string of damning allegations from former show partners including Amanda Abbington and Laura Whitmore.

The BBC has finally broken its silence on the Strictly investigation into GioSource: Shutterstock
Amanda is one of the former Strictly stars who made allegations against GiovanniSource: BBC

We first revealed the investigation almost two weeks ago, and today the BBC issued a statement about the situation but, strangely, refused to mention Giovanni or Strictly.

A BBC spokesman said: ‘It has long been our position that the BBC does not comment on specific matters relating to individuals. We also do not normally comment on whether we investigate any individual complaints.

“Recently, there have been many media reports about an important program. We urge people not to indulge in speculation. Anyone involved in a complaint has the right to confidentiality and a fair hearing.

“If a complaint is made to the BBC, we will assess and take all necessary steps to establish the facts, whether there is a case to be responded to and, if necessary, what action should be taken.

“All of this takes place in the context of the BBC’s responsibilities to look after all those involved in a complaint – this includes those who have made the complaint and those about whom the complaint has been made.

“While we know our programs have been a positive experience for many people who have participated, we will always view any issues raised with care, honesty and sensitivity to all involved.”

The spokesman added: “We will not be commenting further.”

Gio vehemently denied the allegations against him and vowed to clear his name.

He left Strictly in the face of damning claims leveled at him, but now he plans to fight back and has hired Schillings’ top lawyers to help him.

The claims against Gio are the biggest scandal to rock Strictly in its 20-year history.

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At least three women – Amanda Abbington, Laura Whitmore and one as-yet-unnamed partner – hired Carter Ruck to make their case against Gio heard.

Sherlock actress Amanda, who previously quit last year’s series, has claimed she suffers from mild post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after working with him on the show.

In a statement he posted on Instagram, Giovanni said: “My dear fans, you will be as surprised as I am that allegations regarding my dance teaching methods have appeared in the media this week.

“I obviously reject any suggestion of abusive or threatening behavior and look forward to clearing my name.

“Those who have followed my journey on Strictly Come Dancing over the last decade know that I am passionate and competitive. No one is more ambitious for my dance partners than me.”

Giovanni Pernice Strictly Scandal Timeline

October 2023: Amanda suddenly withdraws from Strictly after having already missed one live show. Her departure was announced in a vague statement from the BBC, which “wish[ed]her all the best.”

Giovanni posts a short exit message on social media that reads: “Amanda… I’m so sad we can’t continue, but I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and I’m sending you lots of love.”

Amanda then shares her farewell statement on Instagram, thanking her co-stars but making no mention of Gio.

Giovanni’s dad, Piero, insists there were no signs of an argument and the couple had a happy ending. He praised his son as nice and polite.

November 2023: Giovanni is reportedly gutted by the situation and contemplating his strict future as questions arise about his actions.

January 2024: Amanda’s diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comes to light and she demands CCTV of the rehearsals to prove that Giovanni’s training methods were unacceptable.

The BBC issues a statement defending its duty of care to participants and insisting it takes any claims of misconduct very seriously.

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March 2024: Giovanni publicly states he has no intention of leaving Strictly in a television interview with close friend Anton du Beke.

Ranvir Singh and Laura Whitmore appear in the photo. Both stars, who have previously worked with Giovanni on Strictly, are said to have felt the BBC did not take their concerns about his methods seriously enough.

The pair have a closed meeting with Amanda, during which tears flowed.

May 2024: We reveal that Giovanni is leaving the program after talks with the show’s bosses

He leaves the country with girlfriend Molly Brown for the holidays

BBC launches internal investigation after three complainants instructed lawyers. The source describes it as a “nightmare situation.”