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Strictly’s AJ Pritchard says brother risked dancing career to save him

Strictly’s AJ Pritchard reveals brother Curtis risked his life to save him in nightclub attack… as sibling faces knee operation amid fears he may never dance again

  • The brothers were set upon by a group of eight men in Nakatcha nightclub in Cheshire last Thursday
  • They were repeatedly punched and kicked and were taken to hospital for their injuries to be treated
  • AJ revealed his brother tried to protect him from the attackers and said the incident ‘could have been fatal’ 
  • Curtis is due to undergo an operation on his knee and told how he is worried the injuries he sustained will prevent him from dancing again 

AJ Pritchard has told how his brother Curtis stepped in to try and save him when they were recently attacked by a gang of thugs in a nightclub in an incident which he believes could have been fatal.

The Strictly Come Dancing star, 24, and his brother, 22, who is also a professional dancer, were set upon by a group of eight men in Nakatcha, a nightclub in Cheshire last Thursday.

AJ told The Sun: ‘Curtis risked his own dancing career to save mine as he threw himself in front of the attackers so they couldn’t get to me. 

Unprovoked: AJ and Curtis told the publication that they believe the attention the Strictly star was receiving from female fans sent the thugs into a jealous rage

‘He was thinking of both my dancing career with my legs and my TV career with my face. He tried to protect me and in doing so saved my life and my legs from danger.

‘I soon realised there were no winners in this scenario. I just wanted us both to come out alive. I care more about Curtis than I do about selfies and looking good.’

The brothers had been enjoying a night out with friends over the Christmas break when the unprovoked attack took place. 

AJ and Curtis told the publication that they believe the attention the Strictly star was receiving from female fans sent the thugs into a jealous rage.

Attack: The brothers had been enjoying a night out with friends over the Christmas break when the unprovoked attack took place

Attack: The brothers had been enjoying a night out with friends over the Christmas break when the unprovoked attack took place

The TV star described the horrific attack, saying the men first targeted Curtis.

The brothers quickly moved to the dancefloor where they were then surrounded by all eight men who repeatedly punched and kicked them.

Curtis was hit several times in his eye and was kicked repeatedly after falling to the floor.

He also suffered a knee injury and the brothers were both taken to the hospital.

Curtis, who is a professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars Ireland, admitted to the publication he is worried the injuries he sustained will prevent him from dancing again. 

A spokesperson for the Pritchard brothers said: ‘Curtis is to undergo an emergency operation to correct damage to his knee. AJ received bruising to his face, arms, body and legs.’

Confirming his absence from Dancing With The Stars Ireland, a spokesperson for the show said: ‘Dancing with the Stars wish Curtis a speedy recovery. 

‘A replacement for Curtis on the show is currently being arranged by [production company] ShinAwiL and we look forward to welcoming Curtis back when he recovers.’

Nightmare: The brothers were then surrounded by all eight men who repeatedly punched and kicked them

Nightmare: The brothers were then surrounded by all eight men who repeatedly punched and kicked them

Frightening: Curtis was hit several times in his eye and was kicked repeatedly after falling to the floor. He also suffered a knee injury and the brothers were both taken to the hospital

Frightening: Curtis was hit several times in his eye and was kicked repeatedly after falling to the floor. He also suffered a knee injury and the brothers were both taken to the hospital

A statement was given to police over the attack and Cheshire police confirmed a 20-year-old man was arrested and released under investigation.  

AJ made it to the semi-finals in this year’s BBC series of Strictly, with his celebrity partner, paralympian Lauren Steadman, 25.

He is currently preparing his first ever solo tour titled, ‘Get On The Floor!’ which is set for an eight-date run in 2019.

He rose to fame in 2013 as a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, alongside partner Chloe Hewitt. He later joined Strictly, again working each year with a dance partner.

AJ and Lauren won an army of fans on this year's Strictly.

AJ and Lauren won an army of fans on this year’s Strictly. A statement was given to police over the attack and Cheshire police confirmed a 20-year-old man was arrested and released under investigation

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