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It has been confirmed that professional dancers AJ and Curtis Pritchard were attacked by a gang of eight men on a night out in Cheshire.

The incident took place in a nightclub on the night of December 27.

According to The Sun, the eight men looked like they were ‘possessed’ and started to kick and punch both brothers in the face.


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A source told the publication: “The brothers were having a relaxed evening with friends and AJ was posing for selfies with a few fans.

“But the eight lads took a disliking to the brothers and pushed Curtis hard. Then they started punching them, like they were possessed.

“Curtis had fallen to his knees and was being punched in the face and body. They were also punching AJ in his face, in his ribs and legs. AJ dragged Curtis out of the circle and pulled him to another part of the club,” they added.

AJ is currently recovering from severe cuts and bruises at his home. However, his brother, who is a professional dancer on Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars will need emergency surgery on his knee.


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Curtis will no longer be able to take part in this year’s Dancing With The Stars. “As a result of the injuries sustained, he will not have recovered in time for the launch of the new series, which will air 6 January 2019. Dancing with the Stars wish Curtis a speedy recovery,” the show confirmed.

Fans and fellow dancers have been wishing both brothers well following the unprovoked attack.


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Strictly Come Dancing pro-dancer Aljaz wrote: “So upset by the news about @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard!! Two lovely guys that mean no harm to anyone ever!! I can not believe it. To the thugs that did that.. shall we dance???? #fuming”

One fan said: “Absolutely sick and disgusting. Hope @Aj11Ace and Curtis are okay. Hope these animals get caught.”

Police confirmed that an investigation is underway.



Hughie Maughan caused quite a reaction when his faux glow went a step too far on Dancing With the Stars.

The Ballymun man has been a lover of fake tan for years, but showcased a distinctly mahogany brown shade on the show's most recent episode.

After laughing off the accidental tanning escapade, Hughie has been forced to respond to accusations of racism after some saw his perma-tanned visage as black face. 

"Can't believe Ive been receiving death threats this week because of the tan .. my God how am I racist for a tan mistake," the Big Brother star Tweeter earlier today.

“What idiots are people to accuse me of racism get a grip.. the tan turned out darker than planned but at least it’s funny and people spoke."

The 21-year-old set tongues wagging with his bronzed appearance, but most viewers seemed to find the tan funny rather than offensive.

"It was hilarious Hughie, made everyone smile and sure isn't that what we all need," said one fake tan fan. 

"Is Hughie dancing the Tango tonight?" joked another.

The show will continue this weekend, where viewers will watch the show’s first live elimination as the 11 competing celebrities all vie for a place to stay in the hit RTE programme.

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