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Comedian Seann Walsh, 34, has been criticised by a domestic violence charity after filming a joke wrestling-inspired video with his girlfriend Grace Adderley. The choke-slam clip showed the former Strictly Come Dancing star grabbing Grace by the throat and throwing her onto a bed.
Grace uploaded the video to her Instagram page and captioned it: “Wrestlemania.”(sic)
Seann’s girlfriend could be seen laughing when she landed on the bed in the video, after he grabbed her and she pulled a worried face.
Grace’s followers recognised that the clip was filmed in jest, as they responded with laughing emojis in the comments section.
However, the couple’s antics sparked concern from domestic violence charity Solace Women’s Aid.
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The charity argued the video “normalised “and “glamourised” violence against women.
Shaista Aziz, a spokesperson for the charity, 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.”
The video has now been removed from Grace’s Instagram account.
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Seann for comment.
Seann previously caused controversy when he appeared on the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The star was photographed kissing his professional dance partner Katya Jones during a night out.
Katya was married to fellow Strictly pro Neil Jones at the time and Seann was involved in a romantic relationship which ended after the photos emerged.
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Katya then announced her separation from Neil the following year.
Seann was first spotted with his girlfriend Grace in April 2019.
Elsewhere, the comedian spoke out about his decision to quit Twitter in August after facing online abuse on the social media platform.
Seann wrote to his 108,000 followers: “Been off Twitter for around a week. I had to come back on to DM someone. Quickly checked the mentions. This app has contributed to making the last couple of years of my life, absolute hell.
“When I was in my mid twenties, before there was even the term ‘troll’, I had a TV show. It wasn’t good but I was young and inexperienced. Nevertheless, that should have been an exciting time in my life. But instead I remember it for someone tweeting me ‘What is @seannwalsh and how do we make it die?’
“I must hear that echo in my mind every few weeks. I hate this place. It’s poisonous.”
Seann continued: “To everyone that has got in touch on here over the years to say you enjoyed one of my gigs or shows, thank you so much, I’m sorry I didn’t get back to all of you.”
He concluded by saying: “I won’t miss this place. What even is it? In all my life, I don’t think I’ve actually heard anyone talk about the things people talk about on here in real life. Chill out and have a biscuit.”
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