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Wednesday, 9 January, 2002, 16:00 GMT
US Big Brother man in more trouble
Justin, second from right at front, with his Big Brother housemates
Justin, second from right at front, with his Big Brother housemates
A contestant who was thrown off the US version of Big Brother for holding a knife to a woman's throat could face charges of assaulting his girlfriend.

Justin Sebik of Bayonne, New Jersey, was arrested after a woman was found in his home town with a broken ankle and choke marks around her neck - she was later released from hospital.

Mr Sebik, 27, who was released on police bail, claims it was a misunderstanding.

He was ejected from the reality TV show after he was seen to hold a knife to the throat of fellow housemate Krista.


It was all just a pretty minor mishap

Justin Sebik
It emerged after he was evicted from the show that he had been arrested twice previously, for assault and theft, although all charges were dropped.

He has pleaded his innocence on this latest accusation, but a police report claims: "[Sebik] choked her and threw her on the ground, causing her to fracture her ankle."

Mr Sebik told the Jersey Journal of Jersey City that the woman had been "punching me all over the place" after he tried to break up with her.

"She goes for a shot at the back of my head and misses. So she goes down and hurts her ankle, I guess. It was all just a pretty minor mishap."

Intimidation

He said he was only joking during the Big Brother incident, which occurred in July while he was kissing another contestant.

He pulled the knife and was heard to say: "Hang on, I'm going to slash your throat. Would you get mad if I just killed you?"

She laughed, and they resumed kissing.

However the CBS programme's producers decided to throw him out, having warned him previously about intimidating other contestants.

The second series of the US Big Brother saw 12 strangers living together for the chance to win $500,000 (355,300).

See also:

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US Big Brother evicts knifeman
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05 Sep 00 | Entertainment
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