NEW Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse was at the centre of a furious scrap on another TV show after marking down a barefoot dancer.
Cops were called after the contestant’s livid manager confronted Motsi — sparking a brawl with her then-husband.
New Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse was at the centre of a furious hotel brawl behind the scenes of German show Let’s Dance[/caption]
We can also reveal Motsi left her spouse months later after falling for her dance partner.
The Strictly newcomer, 38, is also a judge on German show Let’s Dance where trouble flared over a “nonsense” mark on a Christmas special.
She had given German actress Sophia Thomalla, 29, a nine on her final dance — a score which cost her the win.
Motsi explained she deducted a point because Sophia danced barefoot, while gymnast Magdalena Brzeska had performed in high heels.
But Sophia’s manager Alain Midzic later confronted Motsi, who was with her dancer hubby Timo Kulczak, at the Savoy Hotel in Cologne.
A source said: “Alain thought Motsi shouldn’t have marked Sophia down. He told her the remarks she made were ‘nonsense’.
“He was very aggressive, so Timo told him to shut up and gave him the middle finger. From there the situation escalated badly.”
The two men are believed to have grappled in the lobby, and hotel staff called the police.
Sophia’s livid manager confronted Motsi and her husband and things became heated, leading to staff calling the police[/caption]
The couple made an official complaint to police but it is understood that no charges were brought after the 2013 incident.
We can also reveal cracks in her marriage to Timo, 42, were emerging — as she grew closer to new dance partner Evgenij Vozynuk.
At the time, she was married to Timo Kulczak who stepped up to defend her and the couple filed a complaint for assault against Midzic[/caption]
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Motsi and Evgenij became German Latin champs earlier that year, and she wrote in her autobiography: “I soon found him, the man I had signed my soul to. Evgenij Voznyuk….a man with very light skin and dark eyes…edgy, quiet, shy — basically, apart from the external similarities, the opposite of Timo.”
She split with Timo in 2014 and married Evgenij in 2017.
One source said: “The attraction between Motsi and Evgenij was almost instant. And as they began to know each other better, they grew closer and closer. Slowly, Timo began to be pushed out.”
Motsi will replace Darcey Bussell on the Strictly Come Dancing judges panel[/caption]
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