The Only Way Is Essex star Joey Essex has sparked a modern day mystery after dismissing claims he was hit in the face in a bar, despite several reports on the internet suggesting otherwise.

The reality star was in Burnley on Saturday to host a bash called The Only Way Is Reem at local club Fusion.

He later visited the Pharaohs bar, and rumours emerged that he had been "smacked" shortly after walking in.

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Reality star joey Essex was apparently attacked in a club in Burnley

Social networking sites featured comments about the alleged attack, with one drinker claiming: "He was going across the dancefloor when someone side-swiped him.

"He fell on the floor. Joey didn't know what hit him."

Another user taunted on Facebook: "Ha ha with your reem as f**k hair-do."

However, Joey's management dismissed suggestions that an incident had taken place.

Spokesman Dave Read tells The Sun: "Joey went in the bar but is adamant he was not hit. Someone's trying to stir things."