Karamo Brown is stepping up to defend fellow Dancing With the Stars contestant Christie Brinkley after talk show host Wendy Williams questioned the legitimacy of the injury Brinkley suffered during rehearsals for the show.
Just three days before the show's Sept. 16 season premiere, Brinkley says she tripped and fell in rehearsal. She severely broke two bones in her arm and wrist and had to undergo surgery. Brinkley's daughter, up-and-coming Sports Illustrated model Sailor Brinkley-Cook, stepped in at the last minute to take her mom's place in the ballroom dance competition — a fact that had Williams publicly questioning the accident.
Brown, however, recently told In Touch that the injury is very much real.
“Last night, I was with Christie. And if you look at her elbow, it is swollen and blue,” Brown said. “I think we’re in a space where people need to not think that there’s always something devious.”
Brown was referring to Monday's episode of The Wendy Williams Show, where Williams, while reviewing footage of the bone-breaking fall, said that she didn't believe that it was a real accident.
"Well, that looked fake as hell,” Williams said. “Let me tell you what I see. I don’t see a wrist and a shoulder being fractured. But that was real cute."
Williams then unpacked her theory, which involved a long-planned bait-and-switch that was meant to get 21-year-old Brinkley-Cook more publicity.
"My thought is that she said, ‘Look, Sailor, here’s what we we’re going to do,'" Williams told her audience. "'I’m going to go to a few of these practices, I’m going to go on Good Morning America, get all the press and stuff, I’m going to walk around looking hot and sexy, and then I’m going to play like I broke something.'"
Brown, who said that the news of Brinkley's injury made him tear up, stated that this was simply not the case.
"You know, her daughter never wanted to be in TV, never was on TV,” the Queer Eye star said. “So it wasn’t something like ‘let’s do a scandal.’ It was really someone who just fell, and I think that’s why I got emotional because I had met her before and I knew how much she wanted this. And so it sucks that people, you know, think that there’s some hidden conspiracy but she really hurt herself.”
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