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"Big Brother 2" contestant bounced

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Jul 11, 2001 | 12:52pm EDT

Circumventing the normal eviction process, producers have permanently removed a contestant from the house of Big Brother 2, according to a statement released Wednesday by the show's producers.

The contestant, Justin, was allegedly seen exhibiting violent and threatening behavior toward another Big Brother contestant, the producers said. This reportedly was not the first time Justin had manifested such tendencies, having already been warned after an initial incident, the producers said.

The statement did not say what Justin did, but he reportedly held a knife to the throat of fellow Houseguest Krista early Wednesday morning, The Associated Press said. Justin had previously been warned for making derogatory comments and for getting into an argument with another contestant, AP said.

Big Brother 2 executive producer Arnold Shapiro explained the decision.

"The safety and well-being of the Houseguests will always be our top priority. In our view, Justin's behavior crossed the line of tolerable and acceptable behavior and was a blatant violation of the house rules we established. As much as we like Justin, we really had no choice but to expel him from the house," he said.

CBS agreed with the producers' decision.

Justin, 26, is from a bartender from Bayonne, N.J. CBS did not release his last name.

His eviction will be discussed during Thursday's program, Shapiro told AP.

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