Ex-Emmerdale star apologises over Celebrity Big Brother punch claims

Former Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallett has apologised and said she 'got it wrong' after she claimed actor Ryan Thomas punched her in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

Roxanne Pallett left the Celebrity Big Brother house on Saturday. Picture: CBB Channel 5
Roxanne Pallett left the Celebrity Big Brother house on Saturday. Picture: CBB Channel 5

The actress previously alleged Thomas “punched me like a boxer would punch a bag”, but has now said she could see his actions were not deliberate.

In her first interview after quitting the reality show on Saturday, Pallett told Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine: “At the time it hurt. But when I looked back on that footage as soon as I left the house – the first thing I did was view that clip – and I got it wrong, I really got it wrong.

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“After it happened I just felt like, I don’t know how to explain ... my mind ran away with me. I’m a sensitive person. My friends and family can vow to that. Everything in that house was so heightened, a look, a comment, an action.

“Your insecurities are heightened, your sensitivities. The only thing I can explain is it was, in the moment, it felt worse than it was. I can’t prove a feeling. I can’t show you a feeling. It was the word ‘deliberately’ that I regret.”

Coronation Street star Thomas was left in tears after Pallett claimed he hurt her by punching her, which many viewers defended as merely play fighting. She said: “I massively apologise to not just Ryan, but to his family and friends and his fans and every single person who watched that and completely and justifiably saw an over-reaction to what wasn’t a malicious act.

“In that moment, because I am sensitive and I was emotional, I mistook what was playful.

“He did apologise and he did say his ring caught me. It was the word ‘deliberate’ that I regret because I doubted his intention and there was no malicious intention behind that.”

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