Caroline Flack denies attacking boyfriend with lamp

Tania Snuggs, news reporter

Caroline Flack has pleaded not guilty to attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton with a lamp.

The Love Island presenter, 40, was arrested and charged on 13 December, with assaulting the 27-year-old.

She appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court wearing a black coat, scarf and boots and was escorted into court by police.

Burton had arrived at court earlier, wearing a navy parka with a fur hood lining.

Flack is charged with assaulting the former professional tennis player and model at her flat in Islington, north London, on 12 December.

She stood in front of the glass-enclosed dock to confirm her name, address, date of birth and that her nationality is British before the single charge was read out in court.

Flack wiped her eyes as she sat down in front of a full public gallery, which included Mr Burton.

She answered "not guilty" when the charge was put to her.

Prosecutor Ms Weiss discussed the contents of the three to four-minute 999 call that Mr Burton made, saying: "He made an allegation regarding his girlfriend Caroline.

"The first police officer arrived some eight minutes later. He knocked on the door and it was opened by both of them.

"Both were covered in blood and in fact one of the police officers likened the scene to a horror movie".

Flack was released on conditional bail before her trial on 4 March, which is expected to last a day-and-a-half.

She stepped down as host of the upcoming winter series of Love Island following her arrest.

Irish TV presenter Laura Whitmore will replace her on the ITV2 dating show and the companion programme Aftersun when filming begins in South Africa next month.

In an emotional Instagram post on Sunday evening, Ms Flack wrote: "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".