Celebrity Big Brother's Ryan Thomas defended by Roxanne Pallett's Emmerdale co-star

Celebrity Big Brother star Roxanne Pallett’s Emmerdale co-star has shared his public support for Ryan Thomas after this week’s claims of physical violence.

Earlier this week, Roxanne went to the Diary Room 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.

Now Roxanne’s former co-star Kelvin Fletcher has also weighed in in defence of Ryan, calling Roxanne’s actions “calculated” and “manipulative”.

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[Kelvin Fletcher]

“She. Is. Evil,” he wrote. “She’s not ‘mentally ill’ or in need of ‘help’. That denounces that people with actual mental health issues are as vindictive and menacing as her. They are not. There is a big difference.

“That was calculated and manipulative beyond belief.”

Kelvin played Andy Sugden on the ITV soap for 20 years, before bowing out of the role in 2016. During his time on the soap, Andy got married to Roxanne’s character Jo Stiles.

Following last night’s live eviction of Ben Jardine, Roxanne Pallett has now left the Celebrity Big Brother house, with a statement from the show confirming that it was Roxanne’s decision to leave and that the remaining housemates have been informed.

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A spokesperson for Roxanne has told Digital Spy: “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.

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 USNational 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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