Calum Best claims alcoholic dad George 'grabbed him by the throat'

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Calum Best has opened up about his troubled relationship with his famous dad George Best, claiming he 'grabbed him by the throat' during one violent encounter.

The Celebrity Big Brother star, 34, has written down his memories in new autobiography Second Best: My Dad And Me.

Calum Best poses with copy of his new book released in March 2015.

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In extracts published in the Daily Mail (14 March), Calum reveals the difficulties of growing up with an alcoholic father.

Footballing legend George famously battled alcoholism during his adult years and eventually died from alcohol related issues in 2005.

In the first person account, Calum shares a number of shocking stories, including one alleged incident when his father left him to fend for himself overnight - when he was just 11 years old.

Calum writes: "[The next day] he comes up to the table where I'm eating on my own and, in ways I don't comprehend at the time, he tells me he left me last night to go and see a hooker."

Calum Best in the Diary Room on Celebrity Big Brother, January 2015

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The former model also claims his father tried to kiss him once while drunk, mistaking him for a woman.

The most shocking story, though, is perhaps when Calum describes his dad's alleged violent rage when he claims his father grabbed him by the throat, hitting his head against the wall, and tightening his hand as his "feet lift up off the ground".

Calum eventually ended up living with his mother in the US, after she won sole custody for their son.

Calum Best soaks up the sun on holiday with girlfriend Ianthe in Abu Dhabi - 2 March 2015.

© Twitter / @CalumBest

He recently returned to the spotlight in CBB, where he opened up to his fellow housemates about his famous dad.

He told housemate Perez Hilton he was "devastated that I lost my old man so young".

He also described how he himself tried to blot out the pain by turning to drink, saying: "I went thought that for a good three or four years, like a complete blur, and then I came out of it.

"[Alcohol] was never something I was worried about. I never woke up and drank all day.

"The only time I partied too hard was when I lost him and that was because I was traumatised."

Calum is dating model and former Made In Chelsea star Ianthe Rose.

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