Strictly judges Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse step forward to support Giovanni Pernice

Strictly Come Dancing 2022,23-09-2022,Generics,Anton du Beke; Shirley Ballas; Motsi Mabuse; Craig Revel Horwood,BBC,Ray Burmiston
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Strictly Come Dancing judges Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse have thrown their weight behind Giovanni Pernice amidst the ongoing bullying allegations.

In a significant gesture of solidarity, they've signed up to participate in his dance workshops, following the example set by Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke who previously showed their support, the Mirror reports.

An insider commented: "Everyone is rallying around Giovanni and feel very strongly he has been hung out to dry somewhat."

The announcement from Giovanni's dance platform Ballando Dance read: "Well... it wouldn't be fair to only have 2 of the judges would it.

Giovanni Pernice and Amanda Abbington in a promo photo for Strictly.
Giovanni Pernice in bullying row with Amanda Abbington -Credit:Ray Burniston/BBC/PA Wire

"So excited to announce that none other than Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse will be joining us for an afternoon of dance fun on the 29th September... what dances do you think they'll be doing?"

The news was met with enthusiasm from fans, with one saying: "This is fabulous to see the other two judges supporting Gio." Another added: "Great to see the support."

Last month, Shirley Ballas publicly shared her support for Giovanni, as she stated: "The truth will come out."

She affirmed that she had not witnessed any bullying behaviour from him. Despite his nine-year stint on the show, Giovanni was not asked back for the current series, and BBC chiefs are looking into the claims made against him.

Shirley, 63, defended Giovanni, stating: "He has always been to me, and I will make that clear, to me, a perfect gentleman.

Shirley Ballas attends The TRIC Awards 2024 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on June 25, 2024 in London, England.
Shirley Ballas has publicly supported Giovanni -Credit: Dave Benett/Getty Images

"My feeling for Giovanni is, let them do this investigation or whatever it is they are doing and the truth will come out. I have never ever, ever experienced any ill will or bad feeling or bad sportsmanship or rudeness from him.

"You know, I can only talk from my own perspective. I have known Giovanni for 10 years. I know he is a hard worker. He wants the people to do the very best that they can do.

"Obviously in my life I was bullied a lot. I don't condone bullying on any path but also I don't believe gossip because things get escalated and they are blown way out of all proportion and it can turn into a great big snowball.

"So we don't judge anybody until I know absolutely 100%. I won't pass on the gossip unless I know 100% it is true. He will be missed. "

Actress Amanda Abbington, who was partnered with Pernice on the show last year, made allegations about his behaviour.

BBC handout photo of Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice, during their appearance on the live show on Saturday for BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing.
Amanda quit the BBC show last year while partnered up with Giovanni -Credit: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

The 50 year old left the show in October and Giovanni has strongly denied any accusations of bullying or abusive behaviour.

He has labelled the claims about his conduct as "simply false" and also previously dismissed allegations of "abusive or threatening" behaviour following complaints about his actions.

The dancer, 33, stated: "I am co-operating fully with the ongoing BBC investigation, which will determine the truth.

"As requested, I have stayed silent, but I am looking forward to the conclusion of the investigation and ultimately clearing my name and establishing the truth. I am so happy to be back on tour.

"Thank you all for your continued support. Your messages and love mean so very much to me. I will hopefully see many of you very, very soon and I look forward to clearing my name. "

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