Celebrity Big Brother's Ryan Thomas defends himself over Roxanne Pallett incident

Celebrity Big Brother‘s Ryan Thomas is vowing that he will not leave the house over Roxanne Pallett’s claims of physical violence.

The two have unknowingly become involved in the biggest scandal of the series thus far, after Roxanne went to the Diary Room in Thursday’s highlight show complaining that Ryan punched her in the back “repeatedly, unprovoked”.

The episode has since caused more than 11,000 complaints to broadcasting regulators, and sparked a huge debate where Ryan’s family and friends have defended him against Roxanne’s allegations.

In Friday’s episode, viewers saw the fallout, including Roxanne repeating her allegations to Ben Jardine. In a separate discussion, Sally Morgan confided in Ryan that she thought the Big Brother experience was “breaking” Roxanne.

“It’s a lonely place you know,” Ryan agreed.

He went on to describe his own state of mind after getting a formal warning: “This isn’t your family and friends that you’ve grown up with. It can get lonely. It’s a super lonely place.

“Even when you’re in [the Diary Room], Big Brother can say one thing to you, minor. Just a tiny thing, and it made me feel really low… It’s all heightened in here though. Everything is heightened.

“They’ve all got regulations and stuff. They have to talk a certain way to you. When they were telling me what they were talking about [with Roxanne], it was so minute, it makes me not want to be be here.”

However, he quickly rallied: “When they see me, they know I’m not a bad person. They know I’m not causing anyone any harm in here at all. When they pick up on something that’s nothing, and turn it into something massive. I don’t ever mean anyone harm! I’m not a quitter though. I’m definitely not a quitter. That’s one thing I’m not.”

Meanwhile, in the Diary Room, Roxy was sceptical of Big Brother’s promises that she was “safe” to return to the house.

“That’s not acceptable. It’s already happened,” she said. “A grown man purposefully punched me, repeatedly. How can somebody proceed after doing that to somebody? I’m going to have to act my through the rest of this show.”

In response to the controversy, Roxanne’s spokesperson told Digital Spy on Friday: “Roxanne has no contact with the outside world to make her own statement. However, we do know that Roxanne has worked closely with various domestic violence charities due to being a victim of domestic violence herself.

“She would be very upset to find out she may have caused offence to others who have been through the same.

“We can’t make any more comment at present until such time as Roxanne is out of the Big Brother house and is able to address this situation herself.”

Celebrity Big Brother airs the next eviction on Friday (August 31) at 9pm on Channel 5.

Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk) or Women’s Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk). Both charities run the 24-hour, freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline, 0808 2000 247. The US National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), and Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk).

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