Former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas has been reprimanded on Celebrity Big Brother following an “altercation” with Emmerdale actress and fellow housemate Roxanne Pallett – but many viewers feel he did “nothing wrong”.
It is difficult to see exactly what happened on Thursday night’s show, but following what many viewers believe was play fighting between the pair, Pallett claimed she was “punched” by Thomas and labelled him a “woman beater”.
After the alleged incident, Pallett laughed and said to Thomas: “Ow, woman beater that bloody hurt. I was going to ask if you wanted your washing done but I might shrink them instead.”
She then walked into the bedroom and, referencing his Corrie character, said: “I’ve just been beaten up by Jason Grimshaw. Ow, Big Brother that hurt.”
In the Diary Room Pallett then asked to speak to a producer “about something that’s happened that’s made me feel really uncomfortable”. The next part of the conversation was not shown and Pallett subsequently returned to the house.
Later, Pallett returned to the Diary Room and said: “I’m just a little bit in shock. I went from being upset to angry now. A boy has punched me repeatedly, unprovoked, completely deliberate.
“He actually punched me like a boxer would punch you back. We weren’t play fighting. It wasn’t banter, it wasn’t a joke. There was no exchange.
Thomas was given a formal warning by Big Brother about his behaviour. “While almost play fighting you punched Roxanne in the ribs,” he was told in the Diary Room. “Whether you intended to hurt Roxanne or not is irrelevant. Ryan, do you understand what you did is unacceptable?”
In response, Thomas said: “I think we both know and Roxanne knows there was no malice or hurt or anger in anything I did during this time.
“From your point of view while doing the show I am sorry and I do understand.”
Big Brother then issued a formal warning to Thomas and said he would risk being removed from the house if there was any repetition of his behaviour.
Pallett later decided to sleep in a separate room to the other housemates.
Thomas’s younger brother Scott jumped to his defence on Twitter: “I have now seen it all!” he wrote. “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!”
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 !
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 it’s a serious accusation
@Ofcom need to complain about #CBB disgraceful handling of the play carry on with Ryan & Roxanne. Cannot believe Ryan got a warning & Roxy allowed to make a mockery of REAL domestic violence! She is disgusting! She needs removed! That's how people's lives get ruined crying wolf😠