School dismisses Hough allegations

Actress and dancer Julianne Hough arrives at the 26th Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills,...

Actress and dancer Julianne Hough arrives at the 26th Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California October 20, 2012. The event benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.(REUTERS/Fred Prouser)

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Officials at London's top dance and drama school Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts have moved swiftly to distance themselves from suggestions Footloose star Julianne Hough was mentally and physically abused as a young student there.

The dancer-turned-actress recently revealed to Cosmopolitan magazine she had suffered abuse as a young wannabe in London, leading many to believe she had been bullied and taunted as a student at the fabled British institute for talented kids.

Hough's comments have prompted Academy bosses to release a statement, insisting media outlets suggesting the star was abused while studying there are wrong.

The release reads: "We feel this article has been extremely badly worded and if re-read, you will see that although it mentions our name, it does not say that any abuse took place here.

"We feel sure Julianne would herself be horrified to learn that she had caused her old school any embarrassment or harmed its good name."


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