Burnley club bosses deny rumours that TOWIE star Joey Essex was punched

ALL SMILES Joey Essex with Becky Hilton – fiancee of Fusion nightclub owner Shaun O’Neill

ALL SMILES Joey Essex with Becky Hilton – fiancee of Fusion nightclub owner Shaun O’Neill

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NIGHTCLUB bosses in Burnley have denied claims a reality TV star was punched while visiting the town at the weekend.

Rumours started circulating on social networking sites on Sunday that Joey Essex, from The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE), was punched in the face at Pharaoh’s bar in Hargreaves Street.

The 22-year-old star had hosted a night called The Only Way Is Reem at Fusion nightclub in Hammerton Street on Saturday night before heading into town, accompanied by two doormen from the club.

Pharaoh’s owner Jimmy Nelson said: “Joey came down to Pharaoh’s after leaving Fusion at about 2.15am.

“About eight doormen trained in close protection were with him all the time to ensure that he was okay.

“He had a lot of photographs taken with the public and a few drinks before leaving an hour later. There was certainly no trouble.”

Mick Lawless, Fusion manager, said: “Joey was in the club for a few hours meeting and greeting people and having a lot of photos taken. He was very friendly and really seemed to be enjoying himself.

“He said he wanted to go and see a few more bars in the town afterwards so two of our doormen went with him. He said he had a really nice time and that it would be a pleasure to come back.

“We are hoping to have more big names coming to nights in the future.

“It’s a shame people feel the need to start rumours like this. It puts the town in a bad light and may put off other famous people from coming.”

Dave Read, from Neon Management, who represent Joey, said: “Joey went into the bar but was not hit. I don’t know where these rumours have come from but they are not true. He had a great time in the town and enjoyed his night out.”

After leaving Burnley the TV star stayed at The Alma Inn, Laneshawbridge, until 3pm on Sunday.

General manager Ryan Taylor, from The Alma, said: “Joey came back from Burnley in the early hours of the morning. There was no suggestion anything had happened. He said he had a really nice time. He spent most of his time in his room and ordered bangers and mash.”

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10:30am Wed 26 Sep 12

jack daniels says...

2 TOWIE stories in two days?

we really are dragging the barrel.
2 TOWIE stories in two days? we really are dragging the barrel. jack daniels
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10:40am Wed 26 Sep 12

ColnePsycho says...

Wish the story was true, the guy is a cretin.
Wish the story was true, the guy is a cretin. ColnePsycho
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10:57am Wed 26 Sep 12

MJA says...

Who cares that he "ordered bangers and mash"? This must be the most empty story ever? Are we going to report every rumour that's posted to social network sites now?
Who cares that he "ordered bangers and mash"? This must be the most empty story ever? Are we going to report every rumour that's posted to social network sites now? MJA
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11:36am Wed 26 Sep 12

Nottokeenonthesmellofvaseline says...

Shame
Shame Nottokeenonthesmellofvaseline
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11:37am Wed 26 Sep 12

Nottokeenonthesmellofvaseline says...

Shame
Shame Nottokeenonthesmellofvaseline
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11:44am Wed 26 Sep 12

Mikeee47 says...

Famous people like him??? are you having a laugh?
whats he famous for?
Reality TV needs a kick in the head
No wonder we have a society of numptys, who cant speak, spell, or even talk a comprehenable sentence.
Can't be ar$ed Britain.
How about getting someone who earned their merit, like a Para olympian? Oh sorry they dont meet up with the Jerremy Kyle watching public standards.
I for one would have paid good money to see him get a slap.
Famous people like him??? are you having a laugh? whats he famous for? Reality TV needs a kick in the head No wonder we have a society of numptys, who cant speak, spell, or even talk a comprehenable sentence. Can't be ar$ed Britain. How about getting someone who earned their merit, like a Para olympian? Oh sorry they dont meet up with the Jerremy Kyle watching public standards. I for one would have paid good money to see him get a slap. Mikeee47
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1:30pm Wed 26 Sep 12

superfly agaric says...

This vacuous cretin required EIGHT bodyguards to walk around town.
When one needs eight bodyguards to ensure safety then surely questions must be asked as to why.
Would any of the paralympians require bodyguards for their safety?
I'm pretty sure even Steve Kean doesn't require eight bodyguards and he must surely be the most hated man in Blackburn (though, admittedly, he wouldn't need to put his hand in his pocket in Burnley for a round ever).

I, personally, wouldn't punch him as it is not his fault; I would prefer to punch whoever is responsible for elevating moronic activity onto our media. Day after day we are shown that having no discernible skills other than white teeth, slick hair and abs can make you a celebrity millionaire, dumbed down media whore.
I pity the children who watch this stuff.
This vacuous cretin required EIGHT bodyguards to walk around town. When one needs eight bodyguards to ensure safety then surely questions must be asked as to why. Would any of the paralympians require bodyguards for their safety? I'm pretty sure even Steve Kean doesn't require eight bodyguards and he must surely be the most hated man in Blackburn (though, admittedly, he wouldn't need to put his hand in his pocket in Burnley for a round ever). I, personally, wouldn't punch him as it is not his fault; I would prefer to punch whoever is responsible for elevating moronic activity onto our media. Day after day we are shown that having no discernible skills other than white teeth, slick hair and abs can make you a celebrity millionaire, dumbed down media whore. I pity the children who watch this stuff. superfly agaric
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1:47pm Wed 26 Sep 12

stanley crowther says...

i feel hungry now lmao bangers and mash hahahaha
i feel hungry now lmao bangers and mash hahahaha stanley crowther
  • Score: 0

9:06am Thu 4 Oct 12

Rob Roy says...

Who gives a toss?
Who gives a toss? Rob Roy
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