Roxanne Pallett’s social media accounts have been closed down and Wikipedia page vandalised after her Celebrity Big Brother claims against Ryan Thomas.
The former Emmerdale actress, 35, made headlines on Thursday night’s episode of CBB when she accused Coronation Street’s Ryan, 34, of punching her during what some viewers have called a play fight.
She tearfully claimed Ryan had been ‘violent’ and said she felt ‘uncomfortable’ sleeping in the same bedroom as him.
Ryan insisted there had been no anger or malice in his actions and apologised, after being given a formal warning by Big Brother.
Since then, a stream of soap stars and celebrities have come out to back Ryan, suggesting that he was just being playful and Roxanne overreacted.
As the furore continues, both Roxanne’s Twitter and Instagram accounts have been shut down, while her fiancé Lee Walton’s Instagram is also offline and his Twitter account has been set to private.
Roxanne’s Wikipedia page was also briefly vandalised to include a now-deleted line calling her a “pathetic human being”.
The page is now back to normal.
Some of Ryan’s loved ones and Corrie co-stars have called for Roxanne to be evicted from the house next.
His girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh, sister-in-law Caroline Thomas and Corrie’s Kym Marsh are among those who want Roxanne out.
Kym tweeted: “I have been lucky enough to call Ryan my friend for many years now and I am horrified at what happened on last night’s CBB. How can someone get away with clearly manipulating a situation and attempting to tarnish someone’s name!! Get her out!”
I have been lucky enough to call @ryanjamesthomas my friend for many years now and I am horrified at what happened on last nights #cbb how can someone get away with clearly manipulating a situation and attempting to tarnish someone’s name!! Get her out!! 😡
— Kym Marsh (@msm4rsh) August 31, 2018
Other soap stars including Brooke Vincent, Charley Webb, Simon Gregson, Hayley Tamaddon, Georgia May Foote, Samia Longchambon and Danny Miller have also backed Ryan.
Meanwhile, Ryan’s brothers Adam and Scott Thomas have both shared their outrage over the situation, with Scott saying it was “blatant harmless play fighting”.
I’ve just caught up on @CelebBigBrother I honestly can’t believe what I have watched. @ryanjamesthomas Is like a brother to me and to see someone try and manipulate a situation towards him is so cruel , unnecessary and dangerous on so many levels!! TEAM RYAN ALWAYS 💛✨🙏🏽
— Brooke Levi Vincent 🌻 (@BrookeLVincent) August 30, 2018
— Samia Longchambon (@realsamia) August 31, 2018
It’s worrying that someone is allowed to say that about someone and they’re taking it seriously. We’ve just watched it and nothing happened. Outrageous. #BB
— Charley Webb (@MissCharleyWebb) August 30, 2018
I’ve known @ryanjamesthomas quite a few years. He is genuinely one the kindest, warmest, funniest, happiest fellas I’ve met. And I’ve never come across a single person that doesn’t think the same.
We love you Ry! 💖
— hayley tamaddon (@hayleysoraya) August 30, 2018
I was shocked to see what i saw on cbb last night. @ryanjamesthomas is a lovely guy. It makes me sick people make up things like that. Its the reason people who really do go through it stay quiet 😢 She has no idea. What an awful person x
— Georgia May Foote (@georgiafoote) August 31, 2018
However, other viewers have said it’s wrong to criticise Roxanne if she genuinely felt upset and uncomfortable by the situation.
Others said they could understand why Roxanne may have been upset, but felt giving Ryan a formal warning was a step too far.
A man hit her, unprovoked, in a way she felt hurt by/uncomfortable with and all anyone can say is "Poor Ryan". #EverydaySexism
— Kim D (@electrixpiders) August 31, 2018
A rep for Roxanne told ED! in a statement: “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 continues on Channel 5.
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