Strictly’s AJ Pritchard assaulted in nightclub by eight men

His brother, also attacked, requires emergency surgery

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Strictly pro AJ Pritchard and his brother Curtis have been injured during an attack during a festive night out.

The siblings were enjoying a night out in Nantwich, Cheshire on Boxing Day, when they were seemingly set upon by the gang of eight.

🥂🎄🎁… In the Christmas Spirit

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One witness told The Sun: “The brothers were having a relaxed evening with friends and AJ was posing for selfies with a few fans.

“But the eight lads took a disliking to the brothers and pushed Curtis hard. Then they started punching them, like they were possessed.”

The Strictly pro was left with bruises all over his face and body.

AJ was left bruised (Credit: AJP Instagram)

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AJ’s younger brother Curtis, a pro dancer on the Irish version of Strictly, requires surgery after the assault.

Curtis and AJ with their grandparents (Credit AJP Instagram)

A spokesman for the brothers said: “AJ and Curtis were assaulted in an unprovoked attack.

“Curtis is to undergo an emergency operation to correct damage to his knee. AJ received bruising to his face, arms, body and legs.”

On Boxing Day, AJ shared an adorable picture of himself with his brother and their grandparents.

AJ had enjoyed a magical run-up to the festive season, including a trip to Winter Wonderland with his Strictly partner from 2017, Mollie King.

🍌🤣🎄… #winterwonderland

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AJ appeared on this year’s Strictly with Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman.

Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard were eliminated from Strictly (Credit: BBC)

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