Kickboxer Andrew: I left Big Brother over video from my past
Kickboxer Andrew Tate has claimed he was removed from the Big Brother house because of a video of him "hitting a girl with a belt".
The 29-year-old, who was originally among a group of contestants known as The Others, said a tabloid had got hold of a "kinky" video from 2012 which had been "edited" to remove the laughter of his unnamed consenting partner.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, he wrote: "They are pretending I beat her up when we were joking and the belt made noise but didn't hurt! They cut all laughing.
"I am not a violent man. Kinky yes, violent no. Such a stupid story! I didn't even hit Marco or Jackson or Chelsea when they threatened me.
"I have never hurt a girl in my life and this is a total lie trying to make me look bad. And Laura put a belt on Marco and didn't get kicked.
"Everyone reads 50 Shades, no one cares, they kicked me because I told my new plan to Big Brother, they said it's too clever and dangerous."
Tate maintained that the video was completely innocent and he was axed due to his "masterplan".
He continued: "Video is from 2012 and they cut all the laughing out lol. She didn't sell it. I'm still great friends with her we will release a new vid :)
"They edited a video of me to make me look bad when I'm not. They're afraid of my MASTERPLAN."
He shared a picture of the alleged woman, who called for him to be allowed back into the house with a belt which read: "But I (heart) when Andrew spanks me."
Outraged fans took to Twitter to complain about his eviction.
One wrote: "The political correctness and fear of anything controversial ended in @Cobratate being kicked out and I firmly stand against it."
Another added: "WTF? #BBAndrew kicked out of #BBUK for 2012 consenting BDSM tomfoolery & they have a female dom hooker in there!!"
The four-time world kickboxing champion, from Chicago, had previously released a Facebook video in which he claimed producers decided it was "too risky" for him to stay after housemates made threats to hit him since he entered the main house on Saturday.
In a video message which did little to shed light on his departure, Tate said: "T hey (producers) were saying to me: 'Look, if one of those takes a swing at you please don't hit back because you would destroy them, you would annihilate them. You're a pro fighter. These are people who think they can fight, please don't hit them back'.
"And they decided my new plan was just too risky and I had to leave, so enjoy the show without me."
A spokeswoman for Big Brother said his claims were "completely false" and he was "removed because of information which came to light today".
Big Brother sparked more than 250 complaints to Ofcom after Sunday's episode showed housemates Pierre White Jr and Laura Carter playing a sex game during which she strangled him with a belt.