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Caroline Flack's management criticise assault trial for putting 'huge pressure' on ‘vulnerable’ star

Former Love Island presenter was found dead at her home

Ellie Harrison
Saturday 15 February 2020 22:26 GMT
TV presenter Caroline Flack found dead aged 40

Caroline Flack’s management has spoken out for the first time since her death, criticising the Crown Prosecution Service for pressing ahead with her “show trial” even after her boyfriend said he did not support it.

In a statement, Francis Ridley of Money Talent Management, said: “We are devastated at the loss of our client and friend Caroline Flack.

“An immensely talented young woman who was at the top of her game professionally and loved by television viewers across the country.

“In recent months Caroline had been under huge pressure because of an ongoing case and potential trial which has been well reported."

She continued: “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.

“The CPS should look at themselves today and how they pursued a show trial that was not only without merit but not in the public interest. And ultimately resulted in significant distress to Caroline.

“Our thoughts are with Caroline’s family at this time.”

A lawyer for the Flack family confirmed that Caroline took her own life and was found in her east London home.

Flack was set to face trial in March over allegations that she had assaulted her boyfriend Lewis Burton at her flat, which she denied.

She entered a not guilty plea at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in December.

Flack stepped down from her role as Love Island presenter following the allegations and was replaced by Laura Whitmore for the winter series.

Former Love Island contestants and other reality stars have been remembering Flack on Twitter.

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