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The Me Too movement has encouraged women to come forward and speak about their experiences of sexual assault and harassment.

The movement has helped women open up and offered a huge network of support to victims.

Laura Whitmore has opened up about her own experience in a moving piece for Hot Press.

Speaking to the mag, the presenter revealed that she was sexually assaulted in a London nightclub last year.

She explained that she has wanted to share her story for quite some time, but was terrified of opening up about it.

She wrote: 'I’ve been scared. I feel ashamed to say I was scared but I was. I still am. Scared of what people might say, drawing attention to things that upset me, adding fuel to the fire.'

Despite her fears, Laura knew sharing her story would show other women that they are not alone.

'Last year I was in a club with my friends and I could feel a hand on the back of my leg. Initially, I thought it was my boyfriend messing or a mate about to pinch my bottom,' she explained.

However, the host realised that it was a complete stranger.

'The hand went under my skirt, between my legs, and firmly touched me. As I turned, I saw it was a guy who I did not know. He was laughing.'

 

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Laura quickly pushed the man away, but she was overwhelmed with the shock of what just happened.

'I couldn’t recognise his face under the strobing lights and, then, he was gone. I was a bit tipsy and I was wearing a short skirt. Did I deserve that to happen?'

'I told the manager but what could I do? What was the point?'

The Survival of the Fittest presenter added that no woman deserves to be treated so poorly, saying: 'No one has the right to do that to anyone. My body. My property.'

 

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The broadcaster hopes her story will encourage women to speak out about incidents like hers.

'We are not meat. We are beautiful, complex creatures. We should not have to feel like we are constantly on guard.'

'I've always found it easier to speak up for others – but I now also acknowledge the importance of speaking up for myself,' she added.

Laura has donated her fee for her Hot Press article to the Rape Crisis Centre.

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Recent controversy sparked by allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey has prompted woman and men across the entertainment industry to share their stories.

Speaking about her own experience of inappropriate behaviour, Irish TV presenter, Laura Whitmore, has revealed how she was called a “cold fish” for refusing to sleep with someone in the business.

Tweeting in response to a resurfaced news article in which actress Maureen O'Hara accused a Hollywood producer of calling her a “cold potato without sex appeal” because she refused to have have sex with him, the 32-year-old admitted she had been subjected to similar treatment.

 “This was an article in 1945. It’s 2017 and the situation is similar. I was referred to as a ‘cold fish’ because I refused someone’s advances,” she wrote.

Adding in a later tweet: “Let's support and be kind to each other. We are all facing struggles that no one else may know.”

The MTV presenter had previously reported feeling “incredibly uncomfortable” in the presence of Harvey Weinstein, whom she met on a number of occasions to discuss her acting career.

And while Laura did not name any names, her revelation adds to the growing conversation around sexual harassment in the entrainment industry and beyond.

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His hilarious commentary helped to make Love Island one of the most talked about shows this summer, however, fans are now lamenting the fact that the voiceover man, Ian Stirling, wasn't given his own spot in the villa.

Following his appearance on Love Island: Aftersun's reunion special on Sunday night, Twitter erupted with fans eager to show their appreciation for the 29-year-old's dashing good looks.

And of course, the comments didn't go unnoticed.

Ian jokingly tweeted to confirm that he was in fact, not a 40-year-old a divorced father of three  – even if his voice might sound that way. 

But, bad news ladies – Ian's officially off the market.

The Sun recently revealed that the voiceover star is actually dating Irish TV presenter, Laura Whitmore.

The newspaper said: "They kept the relationship private to give it the best possible chance, but it's well known in their close circle of friends how happy they are."

"They are very much in love and are boyfriend and girlfriend."

All jokes aside, we've got to admit, these guys make a cute couple.

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Laura Whitmore, 31, and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Giovanni Pernice, 26, left the show earlier this month amid rumours of a feud between the two.

Now Laura has been accused of being a "bully" with friends of the Italian dancer coming forward to speak out about the pair's relationship. 

"Laura was a piece of work, she really was. She made Giovanni’s life hard" a source close to Giovanni told The Sun. 

Incredibly, Laura has also been accused of sending abusive text messages to the dancer, undermining his skills and "basically saying he was no good and was not doing anything for her and abusing him."

"She was a difficult, cold fish – she was a bully to Giovanni and he behaved like a total gent. Giovanni is just relieved it’s all over" finished the source. 

The pair left the competition in Week 7 after competing in the bottom two.

Another source disagreed about how the events unfolded, telling the DailyMail.com: "Gio was quite mean to her backstage and it tainted the whole experience for her."

"She isn't a submissive person and they had a few professional disagreements," said the source.

Laura is also known to be good friends with Giovanni's ex-girlfriend Georgia May Foote, who he partnered with on Strictly last year. Awkward. 

“The atmosphere between Laura and Gio was never that great, but it’s now turned toxic" a third source also told The Sun.

“They clashed during rehearsals as Laura got increasingly agitated with Gio’s tone and general rudeness."

Gio was also accused by the experts of stealing the limelight in their final dance which ultimately cost them their place in the show. 

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Laura Whitmore has been in the centre of the public eye since taking to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.

From rumours flying that she was in a relationship with her dance partner, to her reveal that she thought she was voted off the competition too early, it sure has been a whirlwind.

And now the former MTV presenter has blasted The Late Late Show after controversial journalist Katie Hopkins appeared on the programme last night.

The Irish native took to Twitter to share a note. It read: " I was booked to go on the Late Late Show a year ago to talk about my child sponsorship with Plan Ireland (I’ve sponsored a little girl for six years in the Philippines).

“I had made a trip a month before to raise awareness of the children, specifically females, taken out of school too young to support their families. 

“It was cancelled last minute and I was informed the charity had been told by the procure they don’t like doing those ‘charity pieces’. 

“It angers me that certain other people who don’t need such a platform are given it to spread negativity and let’s face it absolute nonsense.

“It leaves me with little faith in this world.”

One fan wrote under the picture: “Keep the faith, Laura. You’re a good person and while it might not always seem like it you’re not alone. Big hug.”

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Irish woman Laura Whitmore was the seventh contestant to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing last weekend.

And while the Dubliner  had a thing ot two to say about her exit, her dance partner Giovanni Pernice shared his love for Laura on Twitter.

Taking to the social media network, Gio said: "Thanks for the great journey together.. great partner and a great dancer @thewhitmore and thanks for all your support guys! Love Gio."

Laura took to Instagram over the weekend to let her fans know that she didn't think it was the right time for her to leave.

Writing along a picture of her dressing room door. Laura wrote: "Thank you all for such wonderful comments and support. 

"Didn't feel I was ready to leave, had so much more to show but learned so much from the journey! And the wonderful friends I now have for life."

Do you think Laura should have been booted off the show?

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Laura Whitmore had to bow out gracefully from last week's Strictly Come Dancing due to an ankle injury.

The Bray native will take to the dance floor again tonight but has admitted she's lost a lot of confidence in herself.

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She told the Irish Mirror: “I am a really confident person when it comes to presenting on TV but I’ve lost it.

“I feel like I’m not 100% me. When you start the show you’re so out of your depth.

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“I felt terrible last Saturday but I’ve given myself a new lease. You can only do your best.

“The support from everyone willing you on makes such a difference," she added.

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Strictly Come Dancing has taken to its Twitter account to share the news that Laura Whitmore will not be dancing in this week's show.

The tweet said: "Sadly Laura @thewhitmore is suffering from an ankle injury and won’t be dancing on #Strictly tonight". 

Laura also took to Twitter to say she was devastated by the news.

Laura and her partner Giovanni Pernice were all set to dance the jive, but due to an injury sustained earlier in the week, she was advised by the medical team to rest. 

Laura and Giovanni will go straight through to next week and the show will continue with a public vote as usual tonight. 

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She wowed the judges with her latest Strictly performance, but that doesn’t mean Laura Whitmore is without her critics.

Last week, the Bray native hit headlines after reportedly ignoring Georgia May Foote’s request to stop posting photos of her dance partner and Georgia’s ex, Giovanni Pernice, on social media.

Since then, the former Coronation Street star has unfollowed the popular presenter online, presumably in a bid to distance herself from her former friend’s dance practices.

 

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Now, Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson has decided to weigh in on the drama by criticising both Laura and Giovanni in her latest Star magazine column.

Fresh from her stint in Lithuania with Chloe Ferry, Lewis Bloor’s girlfriend wrote: “I don’t know why Georgia May Foote is bothered about her ex Giovanni Pernice – he’s not even nice.”

“She’s a beautiful girl and can do so much better.”

 

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“People are saying he’ll hook up with his new partner Laura Whitmore,” she continued.  “But Georgia is way better.”

The 24-year-old Celebrity Big Brother contestant added: “Laura was really cold to me when I met her.”

 

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Something tells us this has more to do with Marnie and Laura, than Georgia and Giovanni.

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Giovanni Pernice and Laura Whitmore have been wowing the Strictly Come Dancing judges this weekend. 

Continuing to fuel rumours of a romance, the dancing-duo showed off a sexy routine last night, impressing the judges to no end. 

Scoring a whopping 32 out of 40, Laura and Giovanni's performance was descried as having "a sizzling and passionate intensity". 

One of the judges Craig Revel Horwood, claimed that the dancing was "absolutely gorgeous, it was romantic without being oversensitive or soppy". 

Giovanni has been in the news lately because of his previous relationship with Georgia May Foote, who recently un-followed Laura on Instagram. 

We are team LAURA! 

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Laura Whitmore and Georgia May Foote were once close pals, but now it seems they're after falling out over a boy.

Georgia ended her relationship with dancer Giovanni Pernice in August after famously becoming an item after her stint on Strictly Come Dancing.

 

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According to The Sun Online, the actress texted Laura about working so closely to her ex, but it totally backfired.

And since then Georgia has unfollowed Laura on all of her social media channels.

 

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An insider said: "Georgia confronted Laura over the pictures of her and Giovanni.

"She knew they would get close because of the hours they're putting in during training but Georgia just wanted Laura to stop plastering it across social media because she's still upset about the split."

But apparently, Laura hit back, and said her former bestie was trying to ruin her time on the show.

 

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"Laura was furious and didn't hold back, telling her, 'You're ruining my Strictly experience.'

"Georgia thinks Laura's being a real diva and is throwing their friendship away. All Georgia wanted was for her to be a bit more low key but Laura's having none of it."

Ouch, it looks like the claws are out.

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If the last few years are anything to go by, it's safe to say a professional dancer and a contestant will hook up on this series of Strictly Come Dancing.

And now, the bets are on for Laura Whitmore to get with her dancing partner Giovanni Pernice.

As we all know, last year Gio got in a relationship with his last partner, Georgia May Foote, after the show ended. But, that romance swiftly came to an end when Giovanni began practise for this season of the show.

However, it's not the punters making bets about this possibility, it's other dancers.

Gleb Savchenko, who was previously a pro on the show told Star magazine: "I bet you £100 Gioanni will get with Laura this year.

"Next season I'll bet you another £100 he will get with his new partner.

"Georgia and Giovanni were never going to get married, have kids and live happily ever after."

OUCH… Can you see it happening?

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