‘It came from nowhere’ – Curtis and AJ Pritchard open up about attack and cite ‘jealousy’ as possible motive

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‘It came from nowhere’ – Curtis and AJ Pritchard open up about attack and cite ‘jealousy’ as possible motive


AJ and Curtis Pritchard speaking on This Morning
AJ and Curtis Pritchard speaking on This Morning
AJ Pritchard, centre, and his brother Curtis, appearing with model Thalia Heffernan on Dancing With The Stars Ireland last year, inset

Brothers AJ and Curtis Pritchard have spoken out about the nightclub attack which left Curtis with torn knee cartilage and ruled him out of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning, Curtis (22) cited ‘jealousy’ as a possible motive for the attack, which was allegedly carried out by up to eight men in a Cheshire club.

“I can only say perhaps it was jealousy, because AJ was doing a couple of photos with people,” he said.

“He’s a good looking lad. I was the one getting asked to take the photos, which is fine.”



AJ Pritchard (PA)AJ Pritchard (PA)

AJ Pritchard (PA)

AJ (24), who is a dancer on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, added: “If someone comes up to me and asks me for a photo, if they do it politely, I’m always going to say yes.”

AJ is gearing up to take part in the Strictly tour but he said the incident has made him worry about being in large crowds.

“The really sad thing in this scenario was that we were just out to have a good time, and it came from nowhere,” he said.

“There was none of us in the first place causing hassle or anything.  We were not there for that scenario, that’s what is really sad for us.”

Dancing with the Stars will kick off on Sunday January 6 without Curtis, who has torn cartilage on the inside and outside of his knee, although he may return later in the series.  He was paired with former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter.

“They’re saying it’ll be around about three weeks before I can start walking on it fully and around about four to five weeks before I can start dancing on it,” said Curtis of his injured knee.



Curtis Pritchard and dance partner Holly CarpenterCurtis Pritchard and dance partner Holly Carpenter

Curtis Pritchard and dance partner Holly Carpenter

“We weren’t there for trouble at all. We hadn’t seen each other for a long time. We wanted to spend Christmas together and have a good time.

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“Once it happened the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘We’re in trouble. AJ is in trouble. We need to get out of this situation.’ We weren’t there to fight.



Thalia Heffernan pictured with Curtis. Picture: Kyran O'BrienThalia Heffernan pictured with Curtis. Picture: Kyran O'Brien

Thalia Heffernan pictured with Curtis. Picture: Kyran O’Brien

“I’m lucky AJ was there, because if I was still stood where I was I would’ve been in a much worse way. AJ managed to get me out of the situation.

“He managed to carry me off the floor and he managed to carry me to safety.”

AJ added: “As you turned to your left you were punched, and you were protecting me, taking the full brunt to the face and kick to the body, you start falling and I realised that in this scenario there’s no winning.”

When asked if they fought back, he replied: “Absolutely not.”

The incident is being investigated by police in Cheshire. A replacement for Curtis on Dancing with the Stars has yet to be announced.

Read more: ‘He saved my life’ – Curtis Pritchard’s brother AJ praises him for help during nightclub attack

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