BBC bosses have say on Giovanni Pernice Strictly Come Dancing ‘bullying’ claims

Giovanni Pernice with Amanda Abbington
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The BBC has finally broken their silence on reports of an ongoing investigation into claims that Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice “bullied” former partner.

The 33-year-old Italian professional dancer has been accused of “threatening and abusive” behaviour during training. Last year Giovanni was paired with Amanda Abbington before she decided to step down from the show during week five.

She later claimed that she had suffered PTSD from her training with Giovanni. The BBC is said to have launched an internal investigation after receiving complaints from his other dance partners on the show, including TV presenter Laura Whitmore.

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Now, the BBC has released a statement, discussing their duty of care, the statement however did not name Strictly or Giovanni but referenced complaints made about a high profile series.

Giovanni Pernice with Amanda Abbington
BBC bosses break silence on Giovanni Pernice Strictly ‘bullying’ claims -Credit:BBC

The statement reads: "It is a longstanding position that the BBC does not comment on specific matters related to individuals. Nor ordinarily, would we comment on whether we are reviewing any individual complaints.

"Recently, we have seen a number of media reports about a high profile show. We would urge people not to indulge in speculation. Anyone involved in a complaint has a right to confidentiality and fair process.

"If a complaint is made to the BBC, we assess and take any necessary steps to establish the facts, whether there is a case to answer, and, if appropriate, what action should be taken. This is all within the context of the BBC having duties of care to everyone linked to a complaint - that applies to those that have raised the complaint and to those that have been complained about.

"Whilst we know our shows have been positive experiences for many of those who have taken part, we will always look at any issues raised with care, fairness and sensitivity to everyone concerned. We will not be commenting further."

It comes as Giovanni vowed to “clear his name” as he denied ‘abusive behaviour’ allegations towards his former dance partner Amanda Abbington.

At the time he took to social media and issued a statement, he wrote: "To my dear fans, You will be as surprised as I am that allegations have been made about my dance teaching methods in the media this week.

"Of course, I reject any suggestion of abusive or threatening behaviour, and I look forward to clearing my name. Those who have followed my journey on Strictly Come Dancing over the last decade will know that I am passionate and competitive.

"No-one is more ambitious for my dance partners than me. I have always striven to help them be the very best dancers they can be. This has always come from a place of love and wanting to win - for me and my dance partners. Thank you all once again for your continued love and support! Giovanni."

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