Amanda Abbington fails to access Strictly tapes after Giovanni Pernice 'blocks BBC request'

Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice
-Credit: (Image: BBC)

Amanda Abbington has reportedly made a new move in an attempt to gain access to footage of her Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals.

Giovanni Pernice has found himself at the heart of a growing controversy, with rumours swirling about his potential exit from the BBC One show.

Following allegations of "threatening and abusive behaviour" behind the scenes, the dancer is now under investigation by the BBC.

The Sherlock star, who is said to be one of the individuals who raised concerns about Giovanni's approach during training, has requested to see the recordings of their sessions, the Mirror reports.

Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice
The Sherlock star has accused the dancer of being "threatening and abusive" towards her during her time on Strictly -Credit:BBC/Guy Levy

However a source claims that Amanda's request was blocked by Giovanni, stating: "Amanda and her legal team asked to have access to the tapes. The BBC contacted Giovanni and his legal team to get their consent but they refused."

The insider further revealed to The Sun: "Amanda's legal team are now weighing up an appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office to get access to the evidence as they think it is vital in helping support her claims."

Representatives for Giovanni, Amanda, and the BBC have been approached for comments regarding the matter.

Giovanni has previously hit back at the allegations, adamantly denying any misconduct in a lengthy social media post during the early stages of the controversy.

A source has claimed that Giovanni Pernice and his legal team tried to stop Amanda Abbington to have access to her training footage
Giovanni's team blocked Amanda's attempt to access the tapes according to an insider -Credit:BBC/Ray Burmiston

An insider said: "He claims the allegations are false - she insists they will validate every one of her grievances".

The source explained that the BBC is currently reviewing the tapes and taking the matter very seriously. However, due to data implications, the release of these tapes is unlikely, putting the corporation in a difficult position.

The recent allegations follow the news that the investigation into Giovanni Pernice's behaviour was extended ahead of the launch of Strictly's 20th series.

An insider who spoke to the Daily Mail recently shed light on the impact of the inquiry: "This investigation is no longer just solely about Giovanni but other, more wider issues.

"Amanda's complaints have started something massive, it has opened the door for others to come forward about things they haven't been happy with.

!Having the Giovanni complaint has been a big enough issue, but now it looks like there is more to be scrutinised and looked into."

Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas has repeatedly defended Giovanni, and judges Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood have also spoken out about the investigation.

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