The dancer and his brother were assaulted during a night out
The dancer was enjoying an evening out in Nantwich on Thursday with his brother Curtis and some friends when they were reportedly set on by a group of eight men in an ‘unprovoked’ assault.
Following the incident AJ, 24, and Curtis – who is a professional dancer on Irish TV show Dancing With The Stars – were treated in hospital along with two other men but have since been discharged.
A spokesman for the brothers told The Sun: ‘AJ and Curtis were assaulted in an unprovoked attack.
‘Curtis is to undergo an emergency operation to correct damage to his knee. AJ received bruising to his face, arms, body and legs.’
Police have revealed that a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Following the shock news AJ’s Strictly pals have showed their support for him on social media, with many left horrified by the attack.
‘Wtf is wrong with this people ????? Guys I’m so sorry @CurtisPritchard @Aj11Ace I’m with you all the way !! Disgusting !!!!’ Giovanni Pernice tweeted, whilst It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball wrote: ‘Sending all the love to @Aj11Ace & his brother @CurtisPritchard wishing him a speedy recovery. Horrified to hear about the brutal attack upon them & their friends. Heartbreaking.’
Meanwhile Katya Jones added: ‘I can’t believe what happen to @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard . Sending lots of love your way. It’s Christmas people! Where is humanity going? #disappointed’
Former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips shared her sympathies for Curtis after it was confirmed that he won’t have recovered in time to appear on Dancing With The Stars.
‘Totally wrong on every level to attack such kind gentle boys. So sorry that @CurtisPritchard will be unable to start work on @DWTSIRL and wishing him and @Aj11Ace speedy recovery,’ the choreographer tweeted.
Here at Now we wish AJ and Curtis a speedy recovery.