Former Love Island host Caroline Flack had warned police that she would kill herself if the trial of her alleged assault on her boyfriend continued.

Flack, 40, was found dead in her London flat on Saturday, hours after hearing that the trial was set to go ahead on March 4.

Flack was arrested on December 19, after her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, accused her of smashing a lamp over his head. She was reportedly injured from self-harming during the fight.

“Both were covered in blood and in fact one of the police officers likened the scene to a horror movie,” said prosecutor Katie Weiss in court on December 23.


After she was arrested, Flack had to go through 12 hours of medical treatment before she could be questioned by the police. During questioning she repeatedly told the police that she “did it” and that she would kill herself, according to the London Times. Flack eventually pleaded not guilty, and her boyfriend dropped the charges, but the trial was still set to go on.

Flack was “terrified” of police body camera footage that would be shown during the trial showing her covered in blood and in a state of “distress,” a friend of Flack’s told The Sun.

“The Crown Prosecution Service pursued this when they knew not only how very vulnerable Caroline was, but also that the alleged victim did not support the prosecution and had disputed the CPS version of events.” Francis Ridley of Money Talent Management said. Her management company also called the case a “show trial.”

“Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Caroline Flack. Given the tragic circumstances, we will not comment on the specifics of this case at this stage,” CPS said in a statement to Metro.

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