Strictly’s Seann Walsh is slammed by domestic abuse charity for grabbing his girlfriend’s throat and choke-slamming her in ‘disturbing’ video joke
- The clip was shared by Grace Adderley, 25, with the caption ‘wrestlemania’
- Seann, 34, is seen grabbing hold of his girlfriend and throwing her onto a bed
- A spokesperson for Seann told MailOnline: ‘It’s obvious from the video that they were messing around and it was all meant in a light-hearted manner’
Seann Walsh has been slammed by a domestic abuse charity after his girlfriend shared a clip to Instagram of him jokingly choke-slamming her.
The Strictly star and comedian, 34, can be seen grabbing Grace Adderley’s throat and throwing her onto a bed before looking into the camera in the video.
Grace, 25, captioned the video ‘wrestlemania’ and is seen laughing as she stands back up, however Solace Women’s Aid has described the clip as ‘disturbing’.
‘Disturbing’: Seann Walsh has been slammed by a domestic abuse charity after his girlfriend Grace Adderley shared a clip to Instagram of him ‘choke-slamming’ her
Charity spokesperson Shaista Aziz told The Sun: ‘Glamorising choking women and grabbing women by the throat is starting to become more prevalent in imagery posted on Instagram and social media and by high-profile people.
‘Violence and violence against women and girls should never be normalised in any form – it is disturbing to see these images.’
In the video, which has audio commentary as if from a wresting match, Seann is seen shirtless as he puts one hand on Grace’s neck and another under her arm.
He then launches her onto the bed, with the brunette giggling straight away at the action and while she’s getting back on her feet.
‘Messing around’: A spokesperson for the comedian said the video was ‘all meant in a light-hearted manner’ (Seann is pictured looking into the camera after the choke-slam)
A spokesperson for Seann told MailOnline: ‘It’s obvious from the video that they were messing around and it was all meant in a light-hearted manner.’
Seann made headlines in October 2018 when he was pictured kissing his Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Katya Jones on a booze-fulled night out.
The pair faced huge backlash, given Katya was married to Strictly pro Neil Jones, and Seann was dating Rebecca Humphries at the time.
Seann has spoken in-depth about the aftermath of the controversy and kissing scandal with his Strictly dancing partner Katya.
In action: Seann is seen shirtless as he puts one hand on Grace’s neck and another under her arm before performing the move
Moves: Wresting commentary audio can be heard as the comedian grabs hold of Grace
Smiles: As the short video ends, Grace is seen laughing as she stands up from the bed
Appearing on Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast late last year, he hashed out details of how his mental health was affected by the shocking incident, confessing he still sees a therapist and feels a deep regret over it.
He said: ‘Of course I’m in therapy! You can’t go through [a scandal like that] and not be. But people seemed to enjoy Strictly. I was very sorry and still am.’
Shortly after the scandal, the comedian issued an apology in which he blamed his actions on alcohol, branding it a ‘one-off’ and a ‘mistake’.
The dance expert echoed the sentiments, claiming she was sorry for the ‘hurt’ she had caused by her actions, but insisted her marriage to Neil was ‘absolutely fine’.
After the kiss came to light, Seann was publicly dumped by his girlfriend of five years Rebecca, and Katya split from her husband of six years.
Ballroom bombshell: Seann hit headlines in October 2018 for kissing married Strictly Come Dancing professional Katya Jones (pictured)