Television presenter Caroline Flack has pleaded not guilty to assaulting her boyfriend in an incident that left the scene looking like a “horror movie”.
Flack, 40, allegedly hit her 27-year-old boyfriend Lewis Burton over the head with a lamp while he slept after finding text messages on his phone that led her to believe he was cheating.
However, Burton, a former professional tennis player and model, has said he does not support the prosecution and insists he is not a victim.
He previously claimed Flack had become the subject of a “witch hunt” following her arrest on December 13.
The court heard Flack, who has since stepped down from presenting ITV2 dating show Love Island, was arrested and charged with assault by beating after police were called to her flat in Islington.
Today she appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today to confirm her details and enter her not guilty plea.
She put her head in her hands as she was released on bail with conditions that stop her having any contact with Burton ahead of the trial in the same court on March 4.
Her lawyer, Paul Morris, had interrupted proceedings to tell District Judge Julia Newton that Burton did not support the prosecution.
“He is not a victim, he is a witness,” Mr Morris said.
But prosecutor Katie Weiss argued: “He is a victim - he sustained a significant injury to his head.”
She continued: “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.”
Ms Weiss added that Flack had also smashed a glass, causing injury to herself.
On Sunday evening Flack wrote on Instagram: “This is the worst time of my life.
“I don't know where to go to. Where to look. Who to trust. Or who I even am.”
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