Caroline Flack was being harassed in build up to incident which led to arrest

Danny Thompson
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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Caroline Flack attends The Beauty Awards 2019 on November 25, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)
Caroline Flack attends The Beauty Awards 2019 on November 25, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)

Caroline Flack was being harassed by an unnamed person before the incident which led to her arrest, it was revealed during the inquest relating to her death.

Though reporting on the harasser has been forbidden by the court, coroner Mary Hassell has confirmed it is not Flack’s partner, Lewis Burton, who she was with on the night she was arrested for domestic abuse charges.

According to a psychiatrist who treated Flack after the incident in December, she was suffering a “deterioration of her mental state” following her arrest, with the harasser potentially adding to her stress.

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However, prosecutors said the harassment was not connected with the alleged assault on Burton, and Flack should have reported it as a separate incident to police.

The inquest heard how the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) initially planned to caution the star, but she was charged on appeal to review the decision by police.

This resulted in Flack facing a criminal trial, which her family branded “a show trial”.

TV presenter Caroline Flack arrives at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court charged with assault. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
TV presenter Caroline Flack arrives at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court charged with assault. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)

Mum Chris Flack issued a statement to the Press Association on behalf of herself and Flack’s twin sister Jody.

The statement says: "She was like all of us and that is why she was loved by everyone who actually knew her.

"She did not hide from her mistakes and did not crow about her successes.

"Because she was successful and because she was so open about her life and her loves she became an easy target for cruel and spiteful people who, if they knew the pain they caused, would be ashamed."

They also praised the coroner for "the intelligence and compassion she brought to these proceedings".

The statement continues: "She treated Caroline with dignity and respect and allowed us to ask questions and finally get answers to things that have been giving us sleepless nights ever since Caroline felt she had no choice but to take her life rather than face the humiliation of a show trial."

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Addressing the CPS, the statement adds: “If it had been an ordinary person you wouldn’t have prosecuted.

“I just think you should be disgusted with yourself.

“There is nothing we can do to bring Caroline back. That girl killed herself because you put an appeal through.”

Flack committed suicide in February, weeks before her trial was set to start.