● Fran­tic 999 call af­ter ‘at­tack’ ● Star can’t see lover un­til March

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by JACK AN­DREWS

CARO­LINE Flack al­legedly smashed a lamp over her boyfriend’s head as he lay in bed and their home looked like a “scene from a hor­ror movie”, a court was told yes­ter­day.

CARO­LINE Flack last night vowed to tell her side of the story af­ter a court heard she al­legedly smashed a lamp over her boyfriend’s head.

She was said to have struck Lewis Bur­ton as he lay in bed over fears he was cheat­ing.

Mr Bur­ton, who was in court yes­ter­day, told of his “heart­break” at not be­ing able to see her over Christmas due to a court or­der.

Flack, 40, put her head in her hands as she was re­leased on bail with con­di­tions that stop her hav­ing any con­tact with her boyfriend ahead of a trial on March 4.

The court heard Mr Bur­ton,

27, was left “cov­ered in blood” with “a sig­nif­i­cant head in­jury” af­ter Flack read mes­sages on his phone as he slept, said the pros­e­cu­tor.

He told a po­lice call op­er­a­tor

“she’s tried to kill me” and that

Flack was “go­ing mad” when he called 999, the court heard.

Po­lice who ar­rived at her house in Is­ling­ton, north Lon­don, at just af­ter 5.30am said it looked like a “scene from a hor­ror movie”.

The tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, who was drenched in blood, had smashed a glass and had two cuts to her left wrist, said pros­e­cu­tor Katie Weiss.

When po­lice got there the Love Is­land host threat­ened to kill her­self, the court heard.

She flipped a ta­ble over and had to be pinned to the ground.

Flack pleaded not guilty to as­sault by beat­ing at High­bury Cor­ner Mag­is­trates’ Court in north Lon­don. Ten­nis coach Mr Bur­ton told po­lice she was “beat­ing him up” and was “al­most beg­ging” of­fi­cers to come to his aid as he “re­peat­edly asked for help” dur­ing the 999 call, the court heard.

Ms Weiss said of the con­ver­sa­tion be­tween a 999 op­er­a­tor and Mr Bur­ton: “It is clear the de­fen­dant is ma­nip­u­la­tive to­wards him.

“She calls him an a**hole and vile and says he has ru­ined her life when she has ru­ined her own life by com­mit­ting the as­sault.”

The pre­sen­ter broke down in tears in the dock.

Her lawyer, Paul Mor­ris, said that Mr Bur­ton “has never sup­ported this pros­e­cu­tion” and does not con­sider him­self a vic­tim.

Flack stepped down from the up­com­ing South African­based win­ter se­ries of hit ITV2 show Love Is­land af­ter she was charged.

Af­ter the hear­ing, the star wrote on so­cial me­dia: “Thank­fully I know a lot of you will not be­lieve all that you have heard and read fol­low­ing to­day’s court hear­ing.

“Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port and love .... it’s go­ing to be a re­lief when I am able to give my side of the story, when I’m al­lowed to x.”

Mr Bur­ton wrote on In­sta­gram: “It’s heart­break­ing I can’t see my girl­friend over Christmas. Ar­gu­ments do hap­pen ev­ery day in ev­ery re­la­tion­ship. Gut­ted I am not al­lowed to pro­tect her.”

‘He was al­most beg­ging for cops to come’

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