Caroline Flack Will Go To Trial After Pleading Not Guilty To Assault
Caroline Flack will go to trial after pleading not guilty to assault.
District Judge Julia Newton adjourned the case for a trial on 4 March and released Flack on bail until then.
The TV presenter appeared was charged with assault by beating after police were called to an incident at her north London home on 12 December.
The 40-year-old lives in Islington with her 27-year-old tennis player boyfriend, Lewis Burton, with prosecutors claiming he suffered 'significant injury to his head'. However, Flack's defence gave a statement on behalf of Mr Burton in which he said he didn't support the prosecution case and claimed he wasn't a victim.
In a statement following the incident, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "Caroline Flack, 40, of Islington was charged on Friday, 13 December with assault by beating.
"She will appear on bail at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Monday 23 December.
"This follows an incident at approximately 05:25hrs on Thursday, 12 December after reports of a man being assaulted. He was not seriously injured."
Flack confirmed last week that she would be standing down as presenter for the forthcoming sixth series of Love Island, which starts in January.
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In an Instagram story, she said: "Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it's the best show on telly.
"In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand for down Series 6. I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.
"On a really personal level. I have never experienced such kindness and love in my whole life.
"Not just from friends and family who are always the greatest .. but also from total strangers who send messages to me offering help and understanding ... please know that I see them .. and my boyfriend Lewis ...I love you x".
On Friday, Laura Whitmore was announced as her replacement for season six of the show.
In a statement, ITV said: "ITV2 today announces that Laura Whitmore will host season 6 of Love Island. The show will launch on the channel on 12 January 2020.
"Laura will present the main show which airs nightly at 9pm on ITV2 as regular presenter Caroline Flack stands down for this series. Laura will also host Love Island: Aftersun, which will air on ITV2 live from London on Monday nights at 10pm.
"The first series of the year comes from a brand new location and villa in Cape Town where a host of new Islanders will try to win the hearts of each other - and the nation - in the ultimate search for love."
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