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If you keep up with Love Island, you’ll know that things are currently a big ol’ mess for the show. It’s host Caroline Flack is in legal trouble after being arrested for assault, and the network had to replace her for the winter version of the series, which starts filming in a few weeks. And because us Love Island fans can only stick with the 984798 episode series because we love drama, let’s dig into Caroline’s, shall we?
December 13, 2019
The whole saga started mid-December when police were called to Caroline’s flat, where she lives with her boyfriend, tennis player Lewis Burton. News broke that Caroline had been arrested for assault by beating, but details weren’t given. A spokesperson for Caroline commented on the incident, telling the BBC, “We confirm that police attended Caroline’s home following a private domestic incident. She is co-operating with the appropriate people to resolve matters. We will not be making any further comment for legal reasons.”
December 17, 2019
A few days later, Caroline/the ITV team (aka the channel that airs Love Island) decides that the best thing to do is have her step down from hosting duties. Caroline shares a message about it on her Instagram, writing:
There have been a significant number of media reports and allegations in regards to my personal life.While matters were not as have been reported, I am committed to cooperating with the appropriate authorities and I can’t comment further on these matters until the legal process is over.
However, Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly. In order not to detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is stand down for Series 6. I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.
After many other reality TV-famous Brits hint that they’re vying for Caroline’s job, it’s announced that she’s being replaced by Irish presenter and actress Laura Whitmore for the next season. FYI, Laura also happens to be the girlfriend of the show’s narrator Iain Stirling. And just in case you were wondering, Caroline doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings about her replacement—after the announcement she wrote on Instagram, “I’m glad it’s Laura… She loves the show as much as I do.”
*But* it seems like Caroline might only be stepping down for a season. In a statement to People, ITV said: “We will remain in contact with her over the coming months about future series of Love Island.”
December 23, 2019
And here’s where the details of the assault come out. During Caroline’s initial court appearance, where she plead not guilty, the prosecutor recounted the incident to the judge, saying (per the Mirror):
Both were covered in blood. And in fact one of the police officers likened the scene to a horror movie. He (Burton) said he had been asleep and had been hit over the head by Caroline by a lamp. It cut his head and his face was covered in blood. He said that Caroline smashes a glass and caused injuries. She had two lacerations to her left wrist. She took his phone while he was sleeping. She had seen text messages which made her think he was cheating
In the 999 call the complainant said quite clearly that his girlfriend was beating him up. He asked repeatedly for help. He was almost begging the operator to send help. He said: She is going mad, breaking stuff. I’ve just woken up. She’s cracked my head open. The defendant is calling him an a***hole saying ‘It’s all your fault, you’ve ruined my life’, calling him an a***hole repeatedly.’ He said ‘you’ve cracked my head open’. He told the operator ‘she tried to kill me mate.
And sorry, that’s not all, cause according to Metro the prosecutor also told the court that Caroline acted up in police custody after she was arrested, flipping a table and then having to be “restrained on the ground.” Yikes!
But even with all that, Carline and Lewis are still together. Caroline was banned from seeing him ahead of trial, and after the court appearance Lewis posted a supportive message, saying it’s “heartbreaking” that he can’t spend Christmas with her. He also denied some of the prosecutor’s claims, saying Caroline never hit him with a lamp.
Caroline also took to Instagram after her court appearance, writing that it will be a “relief” when she can tell her side of the story:
Caroline has been released on bail and is set to face trail on March 4, 2019.