A racist slur by dance professional Anton Du Beke has landed the BBC One show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in midst of controversy.
According to the News Of The World, Laila Rouass left stunned when her dance partner called her a “Paki” from which, she walked away from.
The 43-year old dance partner of Laila blurted out the offensive term when he saw the actress spray-tanned at the BBC.
He told Laila, 38 – whose mum is Indian and dad is Moroccan, “Oh my God, you look like a Paki.”
The racist outburst was heard by 15 other people including fellow pro dancer Brendan Cole.
A witness said, “Laila just stood there gobsmacked, as was everyone else. She just looked at him as if she couldn’t quite believe what he’d said.
“Everyone in the room was just shell-shocked and nobody spoke for few seconds.
Du Beke’s racist outburst was a fortnight ago – the same week the News of the World revealed he had dubbed Laila a “terrorist” when they first met. Yesterday when we approached Du Beke he initially DENIED making the “Paki” jibe. But he later backed down and issued a groveling apology, telling us: “Laila and me have strong personalities and she gives as good as she gets.
“But I must say immediately and categorically that I am not a racist and that I do not use racist language.”
“I apologise unreservedly for any offence my actions might have caused.”
Last night a BBC spokesman said, “The BBC does not condone offensive language in the workplace.”