Giovanni Pernice 'at war' with BBC as he prepares to fight Strictly abuse allegations

Giovanni Pernice at a premiere of Black Adam in 2022
-Credit: (Image: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Strictly Come Dancing pro Giovanni Pernice has reportedly employed lawyers to help clear his name following allegations of abuse.

The dancer has faced allegations from several of his former partners including a complaint made by actress Amanda Abbington who quit the competition prematurely last year.

A spokesperson for Giovanni told The Sun that a lawyer is acting on his behalf - and confirmed the BBC are investigating.

The spokesman said: “Schillings is engaging with BBC Studios to provide it with Giovanni’s evidence to strongly rebut the claims being made about him and confirm that Giovanni is fully cooperating with that process.

“As with any reality TV show, when decisions are being made for entertainment reasons, the producers have a duty of care to all participants.”

OK! has also reached out to reps of Giovanni and the BBC for comment.

Giovanni was partnered with actress Amanda Abbington in the competition last year
Giovanni is facing 'abuse' allegations from multiple previous dance partners including Amanda -Credit:BBC

This comes after the reports that the BBC bosses are going through hundreds of hours of training footage following allegations against the dancer.

The Sun reported that producers have been instructed to review extensive footage from the dance rehearsals amid claims surrounding Giovanni's teaching methods.

OK! asked the BBC for comment, but they declined.

Giovanni pictured on Lorraine to talk about his travel series with Strictly co-star Anton Du Beke
Giovanni has denied claims in a statement on social media -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Giovanni has denied the claims and wrote in a statement on Instagram: "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," he penned.

He continued: "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!"

Amanda Abbington left the dance competition early last year
Amanda opened up to a publication about experience PTSD after being on Strictly -Credit:BBC/Guy Levy

Sherlock actress Amanda, who quit last year’s series early, claimed to have suffered mild PTSD from working with Giovanni on the show.

Following her exit from Strictly, Amanda told The Sun on Sunday: "I was diagnosed with mild PTSD after Strictly for several reasons and I told a few people about that, in the utmost confidence, among other things that were happening in my life at the time both professionally and personally.”