Christopher Maloney has denied claims that he attacked a co-star when he was performing on cruise ships.
The X Factor hopeful is on tenterhooks, waiting to hear if he has made it through to next week’s X Factor semi final but before he takes to the stage, as Dermot O’Leary reveals which two acts will perform in the sing off, the 34 year old has had to face yet another day of accusations.
He’s been called a diva and a loner in recent weeks and last night Gary Barlow blasted his fellow judges for acting like Chris had ‘killed somebody’ but that’s almost exactly what the newspapers are implying today. They are claiming that Maloney once tried to strangle a fellow cruise ship performer.
Janette Galbraith told The Mirror that she once shared a cabin with the Liverpudlian, when they both performed on board a cruise ship and explained that they never really got on.
She said that the crooner acted very much like a diva back then too and one night she set him straight, told him exactly what she and the other performers thought of him and apparently sent him over the edge.
“I gave him a few home truths about what the other singers and dancers really thought of him. I told him that no one liked him.
“Suddenly he flipped. His face totally changed. It was like he was someone else. His eyes started to burn red and he began shouting.”
“He lunged towards me and grabbed me around the throat. I screamed and tried to get him off.
“Somehow I managed to get loose and ran out of the cabin, crying. I cried for hours that night.”
Galbraith revealed though that there will be no official record of the attack, because she didn’t report him to officials….she says out of fear.
She was moved cabins and says she didn’t speak to the singer after the incident, though she claimed that he never once apologised for his behaviour or spoke about the argument.
The tension between them didn’t last for long, as Janette says a short time later Christopher was thrown off the ship for drinking in front of passengers. She added:
“I was so relieved.
“We went our separate ways and I just tried to forget about him.”
Unreality TV contacted the X Factor team about the allegations and were told that Chris denies the allegations fully. A spokesperson on behalf of Christopher Maloney said:
“Chris denies the allegations.”
Many fans of Chris have been reacting against this story online and some believe that Simon Cowell and his SYCO team are behind the claims and are using the newspapers to force Maloney out of the competition.
One fan messaged Unreality TV saying:
“if this show is not willing to sign every possible winner of the show then they should stop it.what they are doing now is so sickening,disgusting and violating human decency and morality,so far its the dirtiest and scandalous show i’ve ever watched. [sic]”
A supporter named Lynsey added:
“As I said on Twitter, what perfect timing for a story like this to come out. After all, the “diva” stuff didn’t work, so they had to pull out the big guns to try and stop people voting for him. Who cares if it’s most likely a load of rubbish?
Seriously, the media witchhunt is getting boring now. It’s overshadowing the whole show.”
Sarah Jane continued:
“Fishy how this all comes to light a week after Tulisa lost all her acts & we all know how bitter & spiteful she was about Christopher getting further than any of Tulisa’s girls. I wouldn’t put it past her to hire someone to make up this kinda story about him because I’ve seen the lengths she went to last year with lying about Misha B being a bully & the fact she & louis have made up huge, malicious stories about his diva, arrogant, fake behaviour which has “alienated” the whole group of contestants against him. I mean common, if she can lie about something like that, she can tell lies about anything in my opinion. However this kinda lie is 100 steps too far, accusing someone of attempted murder!! Bloody hell! [sic]”
What do you think X Factor fans? Is Chris violent or is this all being cooked up to keep him out of the final? Leave your comments below…
Here’s a reminder of one of Chris’ performances last night, and you can see where we ranked him in our quarterfinal charts by clicking here…