Friday 24 January 2020

Flack 'hit boyfriend over the head with a lamp', court told

Caroline Flack had a police escort at court
Caroline Flack had a police escort at court

Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has denied assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton in a "horror movie"-like incident that left both covered in blood.

Ms Flack (40), who will be replaced by Bray native Laura Whitmore on the next series of the dating show, is alleged to have hit Mr Burton (27) over the head with a lamp, causing a serious head injury.

A court heard the alleged attack is said to have happened after Ms Flack found texts on her boyfriend's phone, leading her to believe he was cheating.

However, former professional tennis player and model Mr Burton does not support the prosecution and insists he is not a victim, Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court was told.

Ms Flack put her head in her hands as she was released on bail with conditions that stop her having contact with Mr Burton before a trial on March 4.

Paul Morris, defending, said: "They had been in a relationship all of this year and he appears in court today to support her - they remain a couple."

Ms Flack was mobbed by photographers as she arrived at court yesterday morning before being escorted into the building by police.

Mr Burton arrived separately and watched proceedings from the packed public gallery.

He has previously spoken out in support of the presenter, claiming she has become the subject of a "witch hunt".


Ms Flack stood in front of the glass-enclosed dock as the single charge was read out in court.

Mr Morris interrupted proceedings to tell district judge Julia Newton that Mr Burton does not support the prosecution.

"He is not a victim, he is a witness," Mr Morris said.

When the charge was put to Ms Flack for a second time, she answered: "Not guilty."

Prosecutor Katie Weiss said of Mr Burton: "He is a victim - he sustained a significant injury to his head."

The court heard Ms Flack was arrested and charged with assault by beating after police were called to her flat in Islington, north London, on December 12.

In reference to Mr Burton's 999 call, Ms Weiss said: "He is almost begging the operator to send help. Both were covered in blood and in fact one of the police officers likened the scene to a horror movie.

"He said he had been asleep and was hit over the head by Caroline with a lamp, causing a visible cut to his head. She had also smashed a glass and she had sustained an injury.

"Mr Burton said he believed the assault occurred as a result of the defendant taking his phone while he was sleeping... she had seen text messages leading her to believe that he was cheating on her."

Following her court appearance, Ms Flack released a statement on her Instagram Stories: "Thankfully I know a lot of you will not believe all that you have heard and read following today's court hearing... thank you for your continued support and love... it's going to be a relief when I am able to give my side of the story, when I'm allowed to x."

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