Giovanni Pernice makes his first appearance in Portugal since quitting Strictly after fleeing the country amid BBC investigation into ‘serious allegations of misconduct at work’

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Giovanni Pernice has been pictured for the first time since quitting Strictly Come Dancing as the BBC investigates “allegations of serious workplace misconduct” by three of his celebrity partners.

The professional dancer, 33, fled the country with girlfriend Molly Brown, 25, after reports emerged that he would not appear in the 20th anniversary series later this year.

Giovanni was seen shopping with Molly in Portugal during the firestorm, before enjoying drinks outdoors with friends.

Dressed casually in a white T-shirt and dark shades, the TV star looked relaxed, a far cry from his role on Strictly, as he enjoyed cocktails in the sunshine with his girlfriend.

A source told MailOnline: “Giovanni and his girlfriend were out shopping.

Giovanni Pernice pictured for the first time since quitting Strictly Come Dancing as BBC investigates 'allegations of serious workplace misconduct' by three of his celebrity partners

Giovanni Pernice pictured for the first time since quitting Strictly Come Dancing as BBC investigates ‘allegations of serious workplace misconduct’ by three of his celebrity partners

In the snap, Giovanni is seen shopping with his girlfriend, casually wearing a white T-shirt and dark colors.

In the snap, Giovanni is seen shopping with his girlfriend, casually wearing a white T-shirt and dark colors.

This comes after the Italian professional player (pictured) was accused of being

This comes after the Italian professional player (pictured) was accused of being “too harsh” on his former celebrity partners, including Amanda Abbington, 52, (pictured), who left the last series. Thing.

“They seemed pretty intense and had a disagreement, but then when they were seen kissing in a restaurant, they seemed to quickly make up.

“He looked far removed from the Strictly drama as they were spotted enjoying cocktails and smoking in the sun.”

The sighting comes after Mr Giovanni “quit” Strictly amid allegations of “serious workplace misconduct”.

It is said that he did not take part in the new series because three of his former dance partners criticized his “belligerent” approach and the scrutiny went “too far”.

Amanda Abbington, 52, who withdrew from the series last year, took the lead in condemning “difficult behavior” during training.

The actress reportedly met up with Laura Whitmore, 39, and Ranvir Singh, 46, for an “emotional summit” earlier this year and “compared notes” about their time working together. It is said.

A source told MailOnline that the professional dancer walked away from the show because her future was “in jeopardy”.

Directors of the dance show were unable to make a clear decision on his future until an internal investigation was completed, which is thought to have led to Mr Giovanni’s decision to quit for the first time in almost a decade.

A television source said, “Giovanni is the subject of an internal investigation, which is currently underway.”

In another snap, the dancing pro appeared far removed from the Strictly drama as he enjoyed cocktails in the sunshine with his girlfriend

In another snap, the dancing pro appeared far removed from the Strictly drama as he enjoyed cocktails in the sunshine with his girlfriend

In the photo, Giovanni looked relaxed as he strolled through the store with his girlfriend and friends

In the photo, Giovanni looked relaxed as he strolled through the store with his girlfriend and friends

Giovanni is currently on holiday with his girlfriend Molly Brown, 25, who shared a series of photos with him three days ago, calling him her

Giovanni is currently on holiday with his girlfriend Molly Brown, 25, who shared a series of photos with him three days ago, calling him her “best friend”.

“Technically speaking, his future was in jeopardy as he cannot be released from his contract until the outcome of the investigation is complete.

“Furthermore, dancers are offered one-year contracts to compete in the show, which means Giovanni will not be given a new contract to compete in the next series.”

The source continued, “We cannot hide the fact that complaints from former celebrity contestants are not good for Giovanni or for the show itself.”

“They’re taking it seriously, which is why this issue is being bandied about.”

“However, while Giovanni is determined to prove himself innocent of all charges, the stress and unwanted attention caused by the charges has caused him to look to pastures new.” It’s obvious that’s the reason.”

It was reported that he had quit Strictly on Thursday night, and the following day it was revealed that the BBC had launched an internal investigation into the matter, just weeks after it said it would not investigate the matter further.

Sun reports that he is being “under investigation regarding serious complaints from ‘three traumatized contestants.'”

Amanda was named, along with two other unnamed contestants, and the company is currently “gathering evidence” following the damning allegations.

The Italian professional athlete was previously accused of being “too strict” behind the scenes by several of his former celebrity partners, including Amanda, Ranvir and Laura.

Giovanni has previously defended his training style, saying: “I’m definitely a perfectionist.”

“Like everyone else, I like to win. But for me, it’s important to bring out the best in my partner, especially when I know he has talent.” I want to do my job properly.”

A spokeswoman for Carter-Ruck, who earns £700 an hour, told The Sun: “We have received a number of serious complaints against the BBC and we are currently gathering evidence.”

“As this is still an ongoing matter, we are unable to comment further at this stage.”

Giovanni has been under a wave of scrutiny since dance partner Amanda (pictured) dramatically quit last year.

Giovanni has been under a wave of scrutiny since dance partner Amanda (pictured) dramatically quit last year.

In 2016, former Love Island host Laura Whitmore said she was

In 2016, former Love Island host Laura Whitmore said she was “crying every day” and “uncomfortable” while training with him.

Good Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh also complained about Giovanni to producers during an appearance on the show in 2020.

Good Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh also complained about Giovanni to producers during an appearance on the show in 2020.

Two months ago, the BBC announced it would not investigate Giovanni and Amanda’s actions.

At the time, a spokesperson said: “There is constant dialogue between the senior production team and contestants to ensure that any concerns are promptly addressed.”

A BBC spokesperson declined to comment on Giovanni’s resignation. They told MailOnline: “Professional dancers for 2024 will be announced in due course.”

MailOnline has contacted Giovanni’s representatives for comment.

In 2016, former Love Island host Laura Whitmore said she “cried every day” and “felt uncomfortable” while training with him.

She later wrote in HuffPost UK in 2018: “I’m not ready to talk in detail about my experience on the show yet.”

“I ended up sitting with a very unpleasant dance partner and ended up feeling like my heart was broken and cried every day. And by the end I was really broken mentally and physically. It’s gone.”

Giovanni is also believed to have clashed with his celebrity partner Faye Tozer in 2018.

Faye Tozer, a former member of 1990s band Steps, reportedly had trouble working with him and broke down in tears after appearing together on spin-off show It Takes Two.

Meanwhile, his 2022 partner Richie Anderson unfollowed him on Instagram.

Good Morning Britain host Ranville, who reportedly complained to the BBC about Giovanni in 2020, admitted he feels “scared” of the Italian.

However, Ranville’s GMB co-host Kate Garraway had a different take on the news, saying on Friday’s episode of Good Morning Britain that Giovanni will be “hugely missed”.

Giovanni flew to Portugal with his girlfriend Molly amid the turmoil.

Giovanni flew to Portugal with his girlfriend Molly amid the turmoil.

Giovanni is also thought to have clashed with his celebrity partner Faye Tozer (pictured) in 2018.

Giovanni is also thought to have clashed with his celebrity partner Faye Tozer (pictured) in 2018.

Meanwhile, her 2022 partner Richie Anderson unfollowed her on Instagram.

Meanwhile, her 2022 partner Richie Anderson unfollowed her on Instagram.

Sources say Giovanni feels he has achieved everything he can on the show, lifting the Glitter Ball with Rose Ayling-Ellis in 2021 and reaching the finals several times.

Sources say Giovanni feels he has achieved everything he can on the show, lifting the Glitter Ball with Rose Ayling-Ellis in 2021 and reaching the finals several times.

Speaking to co-host Rob Linder on the ITV show, she said: “He was great on the show and people loved him.”

Kate appeared on Strictly in 2007, partnering Giovanni’s best friend Anton.

The broadcaster added that they “loved” watching them go out together on TV, including on the BBC’s new travel show Anton and Giovanni’s Spanish Adventures.

He added: “Giovanni and Anton are great friends and I loved watching their shows.”

Other former partners have also come forward to support him, including Debbie McGee, the widow of magician Paul Daniels, who was paired with him in 2017.

Giovanni also has a good relationship with deaf contestant Rose Ayling-Ellis, 29, who led Giovanni to victory in 2021 and the pair won a Television Academy Award for Silent Dance. did.

Shortly after Amanda’s accusations, Debbie shared a radiant throwback photo of her and Giovanni taken backstage when they were working together. “Happy memories, Giovanni and I had the best time on Strictly,” she said in the caption.

However, he has not completely severed ties with the BBC, with another source confirming that the BBC is considering producing another travel series with Anton du Beke following strong viewer feedback. revealed.

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