Motsi Mabuse on this year’s Strictly cast

Strictly Come Dancing star Motsi Mabuse has hit back at her ex-husband Timo Kulczak’s claims she could face a jail sentence after her comments on their marriage in her 2022 memoir, Finding My Own Rhythm.

In the book, the professional dancer said Timo had been controlling during their 11-year marriage.

Back in April, it was reported that Timo was suing his former wife for £70,000 after she claimed he had limited her access to money and even controlled what she ate.

Motsi, who divorced Timo in 2014, has refused to settle the agreement, with the Sun claiming his lawyer is asking the court to jail the BBC star for up to six months or to fine her a staggering £250,000 if she repeats these claims. Proceedings are in Germany.

However, a spokesperson for Motsi told today: “No such written court order exists.

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“It is categorically untrue that our client faces imprisonment with regards to her former husband’s civil lawsuit, or that a fine, which would only be payable if our client culpably violates a court order, would be more than a nominal amount.

“There is no legal basis for this lawsuit. To reiterate, our client reserves all rights in this matter.”

Motsi’s response comes after the Sun’s report that Timo’s lawyer Samy Hammad said: “Ms Mabuse is refusing to pay, and so the court now has to decide.

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“All we just want her to do is to retract the untruths published about him, and to compensate him accordingly.

“My client’s reputation has repeatedly been trashed.

“You have to threaten a penalty saying if you do it again, this is what I want in terms of money, or in terms of the prison sentence.”

Motsi claimed in her book that Timo had held her back professionally by refusing to let her open a dance school.

She also claimed he took charge of her finances, paying her an allowance from what she earned from her TV appearances and dance classes, and even refused to split from her when she told him she wanted to end the relationship.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 6.20pm on BBC One.

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