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Danny John-Jules has broken his silence on claims he ‘bullied’ his Strictly Come Dancing partner Amy Dowden during last year’s series.

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The Red Dwarf actor was accused of treating the professional dancer poorly while they trained together, but he always strenuously denied the allegations.

Speaking about his relationship with Amy, the 58-year-old said this week, “With me and Amy, it was always professional.

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“I came in professional and I left professional.’

He added to The Sun, “As many times as I had Amy dripping off me and I was dripping off her, at no point did we ever have a conversation that wasn’t about dance. I didn’t have to broadcast what happened. I didn’t want to wash anybody’s dirty laundry in public.”

Danny John-Jules

Danny went on, “I did everything truthfully and honestly and I wouldn’t do anything differently. I was expecting [the backlash] because people always talk crap about me. But I did exactly what I was hired to do and what I promised to do, which was to dance my a*** off.”

The actor, who didn’t appear on the spin-off show It Takes Two with Amy after getting eliminated, said he also had “no regrets” about his time on the show.

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In the wake of the claims Amy said, “Things did get a little bit intense the other day in rehearsals.

“But do you know what, we took a half an hour break and then got straight to it. I’ve never felt bullied or threatened by Danny.”

She went on, “I’m so proud of Danny. He is such a talented performer. Danny, you belong there and I hope to see you on the stage performing very soon.”