BBC Strictly star Giovanni Pernice 'blocks rehearsal footage' with Amanda

Giovanni Pernice
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Giovanni Pernice is reportedly obstructing the release of rehearsal footage from his Strictly sessions with Amanda Abbington amidst claims of bullying behind the scenes. The situation arose after Amanda Abbington, the 52 year old star known for her role in Sherlock, requested to see videos from her stint on Strictly Come Dancing.

She was part of the 2023 series but had to leave early due to 'medical reasons'. Subsequently, she suggested that her time on the show led to post-traumatic stress disorder and is said to have confided in friends that she found Giovanni's approach during training "abrasive".

The professional dancer has refuted any accusations of "threatening and abusive" behaviour during their Strictly rehearsals, despite the circulating rumours. Addressing his fans, Giovanni stated: "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."

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He added: "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.", reports the Mirror.

Amanda Abbington reportedly demanded to view behind-the-scenes footage of her training sessions with Giovanni Pernice, following claims that the dancer had caused her PTSD during her stint on Strictly Come Dancing. The BBC is said to have initiated an investigation into his behaviour after three of his former partners, including Laura Whitmore, also alleged they had a "meet with a difficult time on the show" due to the star.

However, reports now suggest that Giovanni has prevented the release of rehearsal footage, which he was instructed to record during his training sessions with Amanda. A source told The Sun: "It raises the question, 'What has he got to hide? '. It doesn't look good."

The insider revealed that Amanda had asked for the tapes to be handed over to her legal team, but it's now been reported that the BBC "decided to withhold it completely at his request." The source added: "She was told they couldn't just hand over the tapes to her because they feature another person, Giovanni, not just her. He's entitled for private information or content about him not to be disclosed without his authorisation."

Reports have been circulating that Giovanni Pernice may have left the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing after a leaked internal memo did not list his name among the professional dancers for this year. Although the specifics of the 2024 series are still under wraps, it is understood that Giovanni has been in discussions with the BBC about coming back to the dance floor, with an insider previously noting that the broadcaster was "welcoming him back with open arms."

The Mirror has attempted to contact Giovanni's representatives for a statement, while the BBC has chosen not to comment on the matter.