Just hours after performing on Strictly Come Dancing last Saturday night, Gorka Marquez was the victim of an unprovoked attack in Blackpool.
According to emerging reports, the professional dancer, who was partnered with Tameka Empson, was with fellow dancers Alijaz Skorjanec and Neil Jones when he was attacked by a group of individuals.
Speaking to The Sun, a friend of the popular dancer explained: "Gorka and a few of the other dancers were heading to a nightclub to let their hair down after another brilliant show."
"All of a sudden this group of local louts came out of nowhere," the source continued. "One of them punched Gorka in the face and broke two of his teeth."
Confirming the incident, a spokesperson for the show said: "Gorka was sadly the victim of an unprovoked incident in Blackpool on Saturday night but he will be back in training this week and is looking forward to the group routine next weekend."
Stunned by the incident, Gorka's friend expressed disbelief, saying: "This was an entirely random and shocking attack on a group of friends simply trying to enjoy a night out."
According to a source close to Gorka, the dancer, who returned to London for dental treatment, is equally stunned by Saturday night's attack, saying: "He wasn't angry, he was just more shaken by the event."
It is understood Gorka will be returning to scheduled training in preparation for the show's Christmas special.