X Factor Emily pulls out of show
Emily was the youngest finalist on the ITV1 show
X Factor finalist Emily Nakanda has withdrawn from the show after a video emerged showing her allegedly attacking a teenage girl.
The 15-year-old was seen punching and grabbing the girl by the hair in the video recorded on a mobile phone.
A spokeswoman for the show said as a result of their investigations Emily had chosen to pull out of the contest with immediate effect.
Emily's mentor Sharon Osbourne said she was "deeply saddened" by the situation.
Louis Friberg, Emily's mother, said: "As a family we are heartbroken and are very disappointed with Emily's behaviour, we feel that there is no choice but to withdraw Emily from the competition.
"Emily regrets her actions but there is no way, as a family, we can excuse her behaviour. Emily is very sorry to have let the show, Sharon and the viewers down."
Sharon Osbourne is the mentor for the girls' under 25s category
In the statement Ms Friberg also said her daughter and all the family "sincerely apologise" to the girl involved, her school and all the fans that have supported Emily.
Another video emerged earlier this week on YouTube showing Emily and a group of friends laughing and threatening a teenager, while one of the group held what appeared to be a weapon.
It is believed the videos were filmed before Emily entered The X Factor and have since been removed from the website.
As the youngest finalist to ever have competed on the programme, Simon Cowell said Emily "was the reason the age range was lowered".
She won over the judges with her innocent looks and Osbourne said in one episode that she had a "butter wouldn't melt" personality.
The singer also gained the sympathy of viewers by revealing that she almost died from the stomach infection peritonitis last year.
She was due to sing Bjork's It's Oh So Quiet on the next programme.
Show organisers have said that Emily's withdrawal will not affect the voting on the show this Saturday and one act will still leave the competition. Bookmaker Ladbrokes said it would refund all bets on the teenager following her shock exit. "We think the only fair thing to do, given the circumstances, is to void all bets on Emily regardless of the market," a Ladbrokes spokesman said.
She was going to sing a Bjork song. Nice choice seeing as how Bjork likes to bash people too. Now all we need is for that brother and sister act to be caught backstage getting all Hollyoaks on it and we've got us a TV show.