Gogglebox star Andrew Bennett has revealed he was left with a broken back and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being attacked in the street.
The television personality, who appeared in series 12 of the Channel 4 programme alongside his best friend Fawn, was set upon outside a bar in December 2018.
His attacker Adam King pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
King was handed 80 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £1,500 in compensation and £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.
‘I had a broken back, what’s known as a transverse fracture,’ Andrew recalled of his injuries. ‘I’ve had PTSD, depression, anxiety, flashbacks to that night. It’s like a waking nightmare.’
He continued to Mirror Online: ‘Being on TV, being a party person and being used to do a lot of horse riding, then to have everything taken away was daunting.’
Andrew was rushed to Sunderland Royal hospital at the time of his terrifying ordeal, where he was in ‘debilitating pain’.
‘I needed assistance with everything I was doing, for example getting to and from bed to use the toilet,’ he added to the publication.
‘I went from being so independent and life on track with lovely things happening to bang.’
While Andrew said that he has no anger towards his attacker, he confessed the trauma he experienced has had an impact over the past two years.
Gogglebox airs Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4.
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