BBC finally break silence on Strictly probe into Giovanni Pernice 'abuse' claims

Giovanni Pernice
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The BBC has finally broken silence over the ongoing saga concerning Strictly professional, Giovanni Pernice, who's been under scrutiny due to claims about his behaviour.

Facing allegations of "threatening and abusive" actions during rehearsal time on Strictly, which he vehemently denies, the 33 year old dancer has found himself at the core of an internal investigation.

This was triggered by complaints made by former dance partners, among them TV presenter Laura Whitmore, as well as actress Amanda Abbington, who disclosed she suffered from PTSD post her stint on Strictly last year.

Amidst widespread coverage about the show and Pernice, the broadcasting giant has now issued a statement to tackle the issue. The statement gingerly tiptoes around the subject matter referring to concerns raised relating to a prominent series, without explicitly naming either Strictly or Giovanni.

Giovanni Pernice and Amanda Abbington
Amanda complained about Giovanni after leaving Strictly last year -Credit:PA

The released 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."

Giovanni Pernice and Amanda Abbington
Giovanni is facing allegations of 'abuse' which is being looked into by the BBC -Credit:BBC

They continued: "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."

The statement does not refer to the show or the professional dancer, and they have added that they will not be commenting further on the claims. This follows weeks of reports linked to the claims made to the broadcasting company, amid rumours that Giovanni had left the show earlier this month.

Giovanni has since denied the claims made against him and made his own statement on social media. He said: "I reject any suggestion of abusive or threatening behaviour, and I look forward to clearing my name."