Giovanni Pernice Faces Ongoing Misconduct Investigation as Strictly Come Dancing Reveals Line-Up

Giovanni Pernice Faces Ongoing Misconduct Investigation as Strictly Come Dancing Reveals Line-Up

The investigation into Giovanni Pernice’s alleged workplace misconduct is still ongoing, as confirmed by Strictly Come Dancing, which announced that the Italian dancer will not be participating in the upcoming series. The BBC1 show revealed the line-up today, which did not include Pernice.

Ongoing Investigation

An insider from the show emphasized that the investigation into Giovanni’s behavior is still in progress. The announcement of the new line-up is a standard procedure and does not signify the conclusion of the probe into Pernice’s conduct.

Allegations of Misconduct

The BBC launched an investigation after Giovanni Pernice, 33, was accused of “threatening and abusive behavior” while working with celebrity contestants, including Amanda Abbington, Ranvir Singh, and Laura Whitmore. Recently, a male celebrity also joined the group of complainants against Giovanni.

Emotional Distress and Therapy

Reports have surfaced that a professional dancer required three months of therapy after working with Giovanni due to significant emotional distress. The demanding nature of the show, combined with Giovanni’s behavior, allegedly caused substantial strain on the dancer.

Legal Actions Against Giovanni and the BBC

Three women, including actress Amanda Abbington, have hired high-profile lawyers from Carter Ruck to pursue claims against Giovanni and the BBC. Recently, a male star who worked with Giovanni has also come forward to support the women and share his experiences.

Giovanni’s Legal Defense

Giovanni has hired the law firm Schillings to handle his case, with Joelle Rich representing him. Schillings is working with BBC Studios to provide evidence to rebut the claims against Giovanni.

Rehearsal Tapes Controversy

Amanda Abbington demanded access to rehearsal tapes to support her claims of bullying, but was denied due to privacy concerns involving Giovanni. This decision has led to further questions and speculations about what the tapes might reveal.

Amanda Abbington’s Experience

Amanda Abbington left the competition mid-way, citing personal reasons, and later revealed she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She has been vocal about her negative experience working with Giovanni, claiming his behavior made the show unbearable for her.

BBC’s Duty of Care

The BBC released a statement affirming their commitment to investigating complaints fairly and sensitively. They emphasized their duty of care to all parties involved, whether complainants or those being complained about.

Public Support for Giovanni

Despite the allegations, head judge Shirley Ballas has stood by Giovanni and will join him in hosting dance classes in London. This support highlights the divided opinions within the show’s community.

Giovanni Pernice’s Absence from the Show

Giovanni’s absence from this year’s line-up was confirmed when the BBC announced the returning professional dancers. The new season will see familiar faces, including Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, and others, alongside the usual panel of judges.

Upcoming Season of Strictly Come Dancing

Sarah James, Executive Producer, promised an exciting new season celebrating two decades of Strictly Come Dancing. Further details, including the celebrity contestants, will be announced soon.

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