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Celebrity Big Brother viewers were left outraged last night after Roxanne Pallett called for Ryan Thomas to be removed from the house for 'punching her'.
Viewers saw Ryan run up behind Roxy and begin play fighting when it appeared that he caught her just a little bit too hard.
She told him: "Ow that bloody hurt, you woman beater."
Roxy then joked that she would shrink his washing because of what happened, before going up to the diary room where she accused the former Corrie star of 'punching her'.
She told CBB: "A boy who's punched me repeatedly, deliberately... he punched me like a boxer punches a bag.
"There was no banter, it wasn't a joke...
"I can't believe you're letting him stay."
Later in the evening, Roxy went back up to the diary room and asked Big Brother if she could sleep in a different room because she didn't feel safe in a room with Ryan.
As a result, Ryan received a formal warning and fans were left gobsmacked by what happened.
One viewer questioned: "CBB why are you letting Roxanne get away with those allegations.. Disgraceful #attentionseeking."
If Roxanne is going into the diary room asking to talk to a producer because she doesn't feel safe around Ryan over him play fighting with her. She needs to stop & realise the mockery she's making out of people in genuine abusive relationships :rage: #CBB- Ash♀️:crystal_ball: (@mullificent89) August 30, 2018
Another bewildered viewer wrote: "What's going on with Roxanne? How bizarre, Ryan hasn't done anything wrong. I watched it back 5 times and still can't see the malice. Shame on you. #CBB"
Following the episode, Ryan's family issued a statement on his Twitter, thanking fans for their support.
They said: "I'm sure Ryan would appreciate all of your support tonight.
"It's hard to see him being painted in such a light but truly thankful the footage is there for everyone to see.
"New low from Roxanne and a seriously dangerous games she's playing.
I'm sure Ryan would appreciate all of your support tonight. It's hard to see him being painted in such a light but truly thankful the footage is there for everyone to see.:pray: New low from Roxanne and a seriously dangerous games she's playing.- Ryan Thomas (@ryanjamesthomas) August 30, 2018
"What happened tonight was ridiculously unfair and it's actually scary to see how another individual can try and actively tarnish someone's character!
"But thankfully the footage is there for everyone to see. Don't let them dampen your light brother! Keep shining."
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