John Barrowman faces calls to be axed from Dancing on Ice after claims he exposed himself on Doctor Who set

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John Barrowman is facing calls to be axed from Dancing on Ice, following claims he exposed himself on the set of Doctor Who and Torchwood.

TV star John, 54, has been accused of repeatedly exposing himself on the sets of the BBC shows and witnesses described the flashing as inappropriate pranks rather than sexual predatory behaviour.

According to The Guardian, several sources, including two women, claimed that John had star exposed himself on set. However, the paper reports that witnesses have described the incidents as “inappropriate pranks” and not “anything amounting to sexually predatory behaviour”.

Lawyers for the star told the publication that while he did “not recall” the incidents alleged by two women, his “high-spirited behaviour” was only ever “intended in good humour” in a bid to “entertain colleagues” on set and backstage.

In a statement in response to these claims the actor, who payed Captain Jack Harkness in both shows, said: “With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously.

“Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.”

But, now John has faced calls to be axed from Dancing on Ice, after becoming a judge on the show in 2019.

Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke told The Sun on Sunday that John should step down from a family show such as Dancing on Ice.


Mr Shelbrooke said: “Inappropriate behaviour like this is not acceptable no matter what the circumstances.

“ITV and the BBC have a responsibility with the standards they set.

“Dancing On Ice is a family show and ITV shouldn’t be willing to indulge this behaviour in any way.

“It’s incumbent on broadcasters to show they are not condoning such behaviour in any way.”

A spokesperson for ITV said the skating show’s judge “would only be attached to the forthcoming series closer to the time”.

Dancing on Ice usually airs each January.

OK! has contacted ITV and representatives for John Barrowman for comment.

It comes after John’s former Torchwood co-star Gareth David-Lloyd defended the actor in a statement.

Gareth, who played Ianto Jones in the sci-fi programme, told Metro.co.uk: “In my experience on Torchwood John‘s behaviour on set was always meant to entertain, make people laugh and keep their spirits and energy high on what were sometimes very long working days.

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“It maybe that because we were so close as a cast that professional lines were sometimes blurred in the excitement – I was too inexperienced to know any different but we were always laughing.

“The John I knew on set would have never behaved in a way he thought was affecting someone negatively. From what I know of him that is not his nature.

“He was a whirlwind of positive energy, always very generous, kind and a wonderfully supportive lead actor to have at the helm of the show.”

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