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Does Jaleel White have some serious anger issues? Days after denying a report that he was abusive towards his ex-girlfriend, the 35-year-old actor reportedly lashed out at his Dancing with the Stars partner Kym Johnson during rehearsal on Friday.
According to Us Weekly, White, best known for playing Steve Urkel on Family Matters, went berserk after he accidentally stepped on Johnson's foot during rehearsal -- and she had the nerve to say "ouch." A witness told the magazine that White "got in her face," accused her of "acting like a baby" and was "shouting at her, calling her an 'idiot.'"
When Johnson ran off in tears, the rest of the room reportedly tried to calm White down, but to no avail. Fellow contestant Donald Driver and several producers made an effort, but White responded by "shouting about how they put him with a 'stupid' partner." The final straw was when dancer Mark Ballas confronted him -- and the two of them nearly came to blows.
"'You remind me of that annoying sitcom neighbor who gets into everyone's business!'" White reportedly shouted at Ballas.
The producers broke up the fight and ordered White to leave the studio for the day, but things have been tense ever since.
"Now he says he refuses to go back to the rehearsal studio again, that he wants his own rehearsal space elsewhere," said the Us insider. "It was a huge fiasco that went down. A total mess."
But there was no sign of that "total mess" when the show aired Monday night. White and Johnson were all smiles as they performed a rhumba celebrating White's "most memorable year": the year he graduated from playing Steve Urkel to playing his suave alter-ego, Stefan Urquelle. White's "smooth" moves were praised by the judges, who gave him a glowing 25 out of 30.
White did, however, admit to the dust-up backstage after the show -- though he says the reports were way overblown. "It was completely exaggerated," he said. "We go to work every day, and there is an alley full of tabloid reporters. It's not fair to us and that's life, and I hope people can see through it. There's no drama in my life."
Johnson also seemed to shrug off the incident. "This has been a stressful week for us, and people have stressful weeks. (Today) was horrible," Kym told People. "I thought we got through it really well, and our dance tonight will show everyone that we really have a great connection."
And Ballas added that spats like these are pretty much part for the course on DWTS. "These things happen. This show is a competitive show. Things get heated," he said. "This got severely twisted. We've been in the same room all night, and everything's fine."