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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

'I was victim of her exaggerated claims too': Roxanne Pallet accused X-Factor star Rhydian Roberts of assaulting her on Rocky Horror tour five years ago

Roxanne Pallett and Rhydian Roberts were due to star in Chester's Cinderella
Welsh singer joked yesterday that he would be wearing a go-pro during role
Rhydian reportedly did not know the pair were due to be in show together
Roxanne Pallett allegedly made an 'exaggerated' claim that X-Factor star Rhydian Roberts assaulted her during their Rocky Horror tour five years ago.
The news comes as the 35-year-old actress faced a huge backlash for accusing Ryan Thomas of punching her 'like a boxer' in the Celebrity Big Brother house, last week. 
Rhydian and Roxanne were due to be starring together in Chester's Cinderella production, but she stepped down from her role after more than 2,200 CBB viewers called her to be axed from the show.
A source told the Sun Rhydian was dreading working with her.
They said: 'Rhydian was upset by the ordeal.
'He told pals he has been a victim of her exaggerated accusations too and was dreading working with her on the pantomime and because he thought it could happen again. 
Rhydian Roberts (far left) and Roxanne Pallett (far right) starred in the Rocky Horror tour together 
Rhydian Roberts (far left) and Roxanne Pallett (far right) starred in the Rocky Horror tour together 
Roxanne Pallett starring as Janet Weiss in the Rocky Horror tour. She worked with Rhydian Roberts for about three months 
Roxanne Pallett starring as Janet Weiss in the Rocky Horror tour. She worked with Rhydian Roberts for about three months 
Roxanne Pallett allegedly made an 'exaggerated' claim that X-Factor star Rhydian Roberts assaulted her during their Rocky Horror tour five years ago 
Roxanne Pallett allegedly made an 'exaggerated' claim that X-Factor star Rhydian Roberts assaulted her during their Rocky Horror tour five years ago 
Rhydian and Roxanne were due to be starring together in Chester's Cinderella production, but she stepped down from her role after more than 2,200 CBB viewers called her to be axed
Rhydian and Roxanne were due to be starring together in Chester's Cinderella production, but she stepped down from her role after more than 2,200 CBB viewers called her to be axed
'He didn't initially know she was going to be in it when he signed up. He was scared to be in the panto with her and if she didn't drop out, he would.
'It would also be a massive blow to the theatre as she is no longer a big ticket draw.'  
The year-long show launched in December 2012, to celebrate the show's 40th anniversary.
Roxanne Pallett played Janet Weiss for five months, until May 2013, alongside Rhydian who was Rocky until March 2013.
Earlier this week the Welsh singer replied to a CBB viewer who expressed hopes the theatre would recast Roxanne's part, with a picture of a harness and a go-pro - indicating he would be filming all of his interactions with Roxanne.
He also wrote: 'At home testing out my new go pro. It’s b****y marvellous!'
Miss Pallett, from Cumbria, sensationally walked out of the Big Brother house after she heard public chants for her to be axed from the show, on Friday, while 11,000 complaints were made to Ofcom about her allegations.
She gave tearful interviews to both Jeremy Vine and Emma Willis in which she apologised, yet claimed Mr Thomas 'did hurt' her.
A staggering former 21 co-stars have slated the actress - with her former on-screen husband Kevin Fletcher calling her 'evil'.
Mr Roberts is not the only one to have revealed concerns about working with the actress.
Actor Connor Byrne has claimed that Roxanne Pallett falsely accused him of violence when the pair starred in a pantomime together.
The Tracy Beaker star said the incident was a 'carbon copy' of the one that led Pallett to accuse fellow Celebrity Big Brother star Ryan Thomas of being a 'wife beater'.
Byrne called an incident with Pallett, which occurred when they appeared in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Ipswich Regent at Christmas, a 'horrible moment in my life'. 
Actor Connor Byrne has claimed that Roxanne Pallett falsely accused him of violence when the pair starred in a pantomime (pictured on stage together during the show's run)
Actor Connor Byrne has claimed that Roxanne Pallett falsely accused him of violence when the pair starred in a pantomime (pictured on stage together during the show's run)
The Tracy Beaker star said the incident was a 'carbon copy' of the one that led Pallett to accuse fellow Celebrity Big Brother star Ryan Thomas of being a 'wife beater'
The Tracy Beaker star said the incident was a 'carbon copy' of the one that led Pallett to accuse fellow Celebrity Big Brother star Ryan Thomas of being a 'wife beater'
Writing on Twitter in since-deleted posts, he said: 'Sad to say, from what I've heard, I had a very similar experience with this lady last year.
'I've not seen it, just had a colleague who witness my encounter where I was falsely accused of violence, contact me and share the event.
'She doesn't care about anyone or any consequence, only herself.'
Scandal: The soap star has been at the centre of a media storm after branding her CBB co-star Ryan Thomas a 'woman beater' when he 'punched her' during a play fight and demanding he be removed from the Channel 5 show's house
Scandal: The soap star has been at the centre of a media storm after branding her CBB co-star Ryan Thomas a 'woman beater' when he 'punched her' during a play fight and demanding he be removed from the Channel 5 show's house
Scandal: The soap star has been at the centre of a media storm after branding her CBB co-star Ryan Thomas a 'woman beater' when he 'punched her' during a play fight and demanding he be removed from the Channel 5 show's house
Roxanne has been at the centre of a media storm after branding her CBB co-star Ryan Thomas a 'woman beater' when he 'punched her' during a play fight and demanding he be removed from the Channel 5 show's house.
She said Thomas punched her 'like a boxer would punch a bag' on Thursday night's episode. 
The 'playful' exchange resulted in more than 11,000 complaints to TV regulator Ofcom as viewers said Miss Pallett was making a mockery of real domestic abuse victims.
Mr Thomas' family were furious as he broke down in tears on the show. On Friday, when fans were heard screaming 'get Roxy out' it became clear to housemates there may have been more to the story - and Roxanne walked out.
Since, she has made emotional apologies.  
Last night Roxanne was quizzed by Emma Willis, 42, about her claims in the house in a 'savage' no-holds barred interview which set the internet alight.
A staggering 21 former Emmerdale co-stars also slammed the actress and hinted she had previously made similar claims. 
Since, she has been attacked online and her career prospects look in doubt.
A spokesperson for Emmerdale confirmed that they 'will not be bringing her back' to the soap.  
Roxanne Pallett has been contacted for comment. 

Celebrity Big Brother's Roxanne Pallett and Ryan Thomas punch row: A timeline

 THE ROW:  THURSDAY AUGUST 30
Punch row: Roxanne Pallett accused Ryan Thomas of assaulting her after he playfully jabbed her on Celebrity Big Brother
Punch row: Roxanne Pallett accused Ryan Thomas of assaulting her after he playfully jabbed her on Celebrity Big Brother
  •  Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, 34, playfully jabbed Roxanne Pallett, 35, which later led to her saying he was a ‘woman beater’ on Thursday's CBB
  • Roxanne expressed her concern in the Diary Room and demanded for Ryan to be removed from the house
  • In addition to this, she asked if she could sleep in a separate room because she didn't feel safe
  • After reviewing the footage, Ryan was given a formal warning by Channel 5
 THE AFTERMATH: FRIDAY AUGUST 31
Public outrage: More than 11,000 viewers complained to Ofcom over the scandal 
Public outrage: More than 11,000 viewers complained to Ofcom over the scandal 
  •  More than 11,000 viewers complained to Ofcom in defence of Ryan, complaining he was 'obviously play fighting' and 'hardly touched her'
  • Roxanne was accused of 'setting back' the work of domestic abuse charities, while her social media accounts were deleted on Friday morning
  •  On Friday's show, Roxanne confided in housemate Ben Jardine as she alluded to the incident, branding it as 'bad'  
SOCIAL BACKLASH: FRIDAY AUGUST 31
Backlash: A slew of celebs defended Ryan and called the actress 'manipulative'
Backlash: A slew of celebs defended Ryan and called the actress 'manipulative'
  • 21 of her former Emmerdale co-stars called her out for her ‘calculated’ and ‘manipulative’ behaviour on social media
  • Thomas's girlfriend and reality TV star Lucy Mecklenburgh called for Pallett to be removed from the show, adding that she does not think she is in a 'fit' state of mind. 
  •  Her Wikipedia page was hacked, with details changed to say her career ended in 2018 when she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother
THE REACTION: FRIDAY AUGUST 31
Emotional: Viewers watched Ryan Thomas break down in tears, worrying his career is 'ruined' after the accusations 
Emotional: Viewers watched Ryan Thomas break down in tears, worrying his career is 'ruined' after the accusations 
  • Viewers watched Ryan Thomas break down in tears, worrying his career was 'ruined'
  • The pair hashed out their differences as he insisted he was 'showing his affection'
  • Upon her friend Ben Jardine's eviction, Roxanne heard the crowd chant 'Get Roxy Out', leaving her questioning what she had done wrong
  • Ryan broke down saying it was what he 'needed to hear' as the housemates turned on Roxanne
 THE SHOCK DEPARTURE: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1
Exit: The former Emmerdale star broke down in tears, saying: 'I'm going home'
Exit: The former Emmerdale star broke down in tears, saying: 'I'm going home'
  • Sally and Nick are vocal in their support of Ryan, with former broker Nick urging Roxanne to 'do the right thing', and 'tell the truth' 
  • The former Emmerdale star later  breaks down in tears in the show's Diary Room, saying: 'I'm going home, I need out, I need to go'
  • Viewers took to social media, sharing their glee at the news she left but others vented they felt she had taken the 'easy way out'
  • It is not clear if she will be forced to hand back her £75,000 fee after her dramatic exit.
THE APOLOGY: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3
Apology: Roxanne said: 'I got it completely wrong' and hopes Ryan will forgive her
Apology: Roxanne said: 'I got it completely wrong' and hopes Ryan will forgive her
  •  Appearing on Jeremy Vine, Roxanne has now said she didn't know she was wrong until she reviewed clip and hopes Ryan will forgive her
  •  She believes past domestic violence has made her overly sensitive
  • She apologised for 'trivialising' the issue of domestic violence
  • She claimed she was advised not to be on the show and wasn't being paid
  • She said: 'I got it completely wrong' 
'I'm going home': Roxanne leaves the Celebrity Big Brother house
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