BBC issues statement on Strictly's Giovanni Pernice investigation

Strictly's Giovanni Pernice
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The BBC has issued a statement on the Strictly scandal involving Giovanni Pernice. In May it was reported that the professional dancer has been embroiled in controversy since his celebrity partner Amanda Abbington left the contest early in the 2023 series.

At the time, Amanda said she was leaving due to “medical reasons”. It has widely been reported that the Sherlock actor had experienced difficulties with her dance partner Giovanni whilst on the show.

Legal firm Carter Ruck has said it has been in touch with the broadcaster regarding "numerous serious complaints" about Giovanni's alleged behavior on the show. On Wednesday the BBC released a statement reading: "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."

In May, Giovanni, aged 33, released a statement on Instagram "rejecting any suggestion of abusive or threatening behaviour".

It reads: "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."