Watch Denise Welch articulately destroy Celebrity Big Brother’s Roxanne Pallett
Behold Denise Welch very articulately ripping into Roxanne Pallett on Loose Women today.
For anyone who’s been cryogenically frozen for the last week, Roxanne is at the centre of a huge Celebrity Big Brother controversy after accusing Ryan Thomas of “violently” and repeatedly punching her in the ribs – something millions of fans who had seen the footage argued was at best an over-reaction to very gentle playfighting, and at worst an outright lie.
11,000 complaints were logged with Ofcom, many of Roxanne’s former co-stars from Emmerdale and theatreland have claimed to have had similar experiences with her, and at this point her career is essentially in tatters. She has also been strongly condemned for falsely accusing someone of violence at a time when women’s stories of abuse are finally being taken seriously.
Denise won Celebrity Big Brother in 2012, has herself suffered domestic violence, and has known both Ryan and Roxanne personally.
Speaking on Loose Women, she said after hearing of Roxanne’s apology interview with Jeremy Vine: “She’s sorry because she’s been caught out.
“The only place in Celebrity Big Brother where there isn’t a camera is the toilet… if for example Ryan and Roxanne had been in there trying to have a gossip about something, and she accused him where there was no cameras, Ryan’s career and Ryan’s life would be in complete tatters.
“Even those of us who didn’t believe her would have had to be perceived to believe her because of the strength of the #MeToo movement and how we should absolutely take seriously any accusation of violence against a woman.”
She added: “She’s saying in that interview that now she can see it’s playfighting. She knew it was playfighting. She says she was a victim of domestic violence, and I have no reason to say she wasn’t and for that I feel sorry for anybody. [But] you go up to Ryan and you say, ‘Ryan, I was physically abused by someone, don’t do that to me mate because it really hurt me’. But when Ben did it in the garden it didn’t hurt.
“She set out to ruin Ryan. She was manipulative, vindictive and I hope we don’t see the likes of her again because she has done a massive disservice to victims of domestic violence and I am appalled.”
Denise also agreed with Ryan that “this isn’t her first barbecue” with incidents of this nature.
Roxanne will be grilled by Emma Willis on Celebrity Big Brother tonight at 9pm.