Roxanne Pallett leaves Celebrity Big Brother house after domestic violence claim

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Roxanne Pallet has left the Celebrity Big Brother house after a row over an alleged punch by another contestant, Channel 5 says.

A CBB spokesman said: “Roxanne has decided to leave the BB House. The remaining housemates have been informed.”

The departure of the ex-Emmerdale star, 35, follows her claim that former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas, 34, punched her during a play fight.

Ryan Thomas was given a formal warning by Big Brother over the incident
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Ryan Thomas was given a formal warning by Big Brother over the incident

She said he punched her “repeatedly, unprovoked”, adding in tears: “He actually punched me like a boxer would punch a bag. And we weren’t play fighting, there was no banter, it wasn’t a joke.”

She later slept in a separate bedroom from her fellow contestants, saying it was “because I felt uncomfortable, because Ryan assaulted me”. She also said she was “in pain all night”.

Thomas, who was given a formal warning by Big Brother, said there was no “malice” in it and that he was showing his affection.

Media watchdog OFCOM received 11,215 complaints over the episode – thought to be about Pallett’s reaction – and is deciding whether to investigate.

A backlash on social media also saw scores of Twitter users come to Ryan’s defence, with many commenting on how the allegation damages real crimes against women.

Pallett is the second star from this year’s series to leave without being evicted, following the removal of Rodrigo Alves.

The 35-year-old Brazilian reality star was given a formal warning after using racist language.

He later told The Sun he quit because because he “could not cope without his mobile phone”.

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