Celebrity Big Brother's Roxanne Pallett is campaigning for fellow soap star Ryan Thomas to be removed from the show after she alleged that he physically struck her in Thursday's episode.
Roxanne went to the Diary Room to complain in Thursday's highlight show after saying aloud in the house that she'd been "beaten up by Corrie's Jason Grimshaw" while playing around with Ryan and others.
It wasn't entirely clear on-camera what had occurred, but the incident seemingly left the former Emmerdale star shaken as she shared her emotions with Big Brother.
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"I'm just a little bit in shock. I went from being upset, to angry now," she admitted. "A boy has punched me repeatedly, unprovoked, completely deliberate. He actually punched me. Like a boxer would [strike] a back!
"We weren't play fighting. It wasn't banter. It wasn't a joke. There was no exchange."
Big Brother assured Roxy that her objections were being "listened to", but that didn't seem to satisfy her and she became even more upset.
"I can't believe you're letting someone stay who's done that," she admitted. "It's not okay!"
Roxanne was ultimately talked into returning to the house, while Big Brother called Ryan into the Diary Room. He accused of "unacceptable behaviour" by having "punched Roxanne in the ribs", and while Big Brother acknowledged that his intent was likely playful, he was warned that it was no excuse.
"From your point of view, yes [it's unacceptable]," Ryan acknowledged. "I think we both know, and Roxanne knows, that there was no malice or hurt or anger in anything that I did during this time.
"But from your point of view, while doing this show, I'm sorry and I understand."
Big Brother then issued Ryan with a "formal warning" for physical contact, and threatened to potentially remove him from the house if there was any repeat of the behaviour.
Although Ryan thought he understood Roxanne's feelings about the situation, that clearly was not the case. By the end of the night, a crying Roxy was back in the Diary Room complaining that she didn't feel comfortable sleeping in the same room as Ryan.
"I'm now suffering," she told Big Brother through tears. "I'm now having to alter my experience because somebody else was violent… I can't believe you're letting him stay here!"
When Big Brother assured her that she is "safe" in the house, Roxanne sighed: "I'm going to get nominated now for being unsociable."
A compromise was reached for the evening to have Roxanne sleep in the spare bedroom and there was no further mention of Ryan being asked to leave the house.
Thursday's entire episode had largely revolved around Roxy, from her stunned reaction when Ben confessed his love for her while nearly naked to her conflicts with Hardeep Singh Kohli and Nick Leeson.
It remains to be seen if this situation will have an impact on Friday's eviction. It's the People's Nominations this week, meaning the public choose who's on the chopping block and then the housemates send one of their own home.
Celebrity Big Brother airs the results of the public vote during a live eviction special on Friday (August 31) at 9pm on Channel 5, followed by Bit on the Side at 10.30pm and Live from the House at 11.30pm.
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