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'X Factor' Chris Maloney accused of attacking cruise ship co-star

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The X Factor's Christopher Maloney has been accused of attempting to strangle his co-star on a cruise ship.

Janette Galbraith, a cabaret singer from Milton Keynes, told the Sunday Mirror that he "lunged" at her and 'put his hands around her throat' on the Mediterranean liner MSC Lirica.

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The 39-year-old claimed that Maloney flew into a rage on Christmas Eve 2005 during an argument.

"We got into a row and everything came spilling out," she said.

"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."

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'X Factor' contestants outside their hotel
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Maloney's mentor Gary Barlow told Caroline Flack and Olly Murs on The Xtra Factor last night that the public's reaction to Maloney was "like he's killed somebody".

Last night a spokesman for Maloney said: "Chris ­denies the allegations."

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