U.K.'s 'Strictly Come Dancing' shaken up by dancer's use of racial slur
UPI News Service, 10/04/2009
Professional dancer Anton Du Beke of the British TV series "Strictly Come Dancing" says he is not a racist despite calling TV star Laila Rouass a "Paki."
De Beke admitted to using the term of abuse for a Pakistani in reference to Rouass, known for her role on "Footballers' Wives," and said he has since apologized for the remark, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
"There was no racist intent whatsoever but I accept that it is a term which causes offense and I regret my use of it, which was done without thought or consideration of how others would react," De Beke said of his rehearsal gaffe.