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Alexandra thrown off Big Brother

Alexandra De-Gale enters the house
Alexandra had previously been reprimanded for her behaviour

Big Brother contestant Alexandra De-Gale has been thrown off the show for intimidating other housemates.

Channel 4 said that during nominations the 23-year-old allegedly threatened housemates with punishment from "gangster friends".

Channel spokeswoman Angela Jain said: "Other housemates have said they found her comments to be threatening."

She had been up for the second eviction of the ninth series with Mario Marconi on Friday, but this has been cancelled.

Alexandra allegedly made the comment about gangsters while speaking to fellow contestant Darnell Swallow on Tuesday night, while a number of other housemates were nearby.

According to Channel 4's transcript, while discussing the fact that she had been nominated, she told him: "I'm not throwing water at anyone. It's bigger than that... personal offence is never forgotten, do you know what I mean?

"We are just inside the house. I've got a very, very, very, very, very strong team outside the house."

According to the transcript, she went on: "I just can't wait to see my mans and them and see what their plans are, who they got... I'm not talking about those mans, I'm talking about my gangster friends. They got some instructions to follow out."

Channel 4 said the conversation had not been broadcast in the live streaming and was reported straight to production staff.

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Ms Jain, who is head of E4 and Big Brother at Channel 4, said the show had clear rules about housemates' conduct and "that kind of behaviour is not acceptable".

"Alex's comments will be widely interpreted as having been intended to intimidate," she said.

"Other housemates have said they found her comments to be threatening and we believe that is the reasonable conclusion for them to have reached given the way Alex has behaved previously."

Multiple warnings

Hundreds of Big Brother fans recently complained to media watchdog Ofcom about alleged bullying by Alexandra.

Ofcom received 433 complaints about Alexandra's behaviour after an argument with three fellow contestants.

Big Brother reprimanded her over the incident in which she launched a volley of abuse at a housemate over burnt chips.

Alexandra was warned for a second time after calling Mohamed a "disgrace" following a task.

Ms Jain said that like all housemates, Alexandra was "clearly informed before entering the house that she faced eviction if she acted in an unacceptable manner".

She had been up for eviction after clocking up nine votes, while 43-year-old Mario followed closely with seven votes.

They had been due to face the public vote on Friday.


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