A photo has emerged which allegedly shows the bloody aftermath of an incident at Caroline Flack’s London flat which led to her being charged with assault.
The image shows a mattress stained with scarlet liquid and a disordered bedroom, said to be at the TV presenter’s address.
The former Love Island host is alleged to have assaulted her boyfriend Lewis Burton in an early-morning attack at her North London home.
Police officers attending the scene at the time described what they found as something like a scene in a “horror movie”.
The new picture was obtained and published by The Sun . It has not been possible for The Mirror to verify its authenticity.
However, it is understood that the image was not released by police. It shows a small bedroom, with a bed inches from a unit with a TV sat on top of it.
A painting of two pink cats sits in the background propped up against a wall, and clothes and random items, including a toothbrush, lie strewn across the floor.
The mattress is covered in a sheet, but the duvet is missing.
Two pillows sit on top of the mattress, which is covered in red stains, which the publication reports is blood.
Red stains are also on the floor and on the grey base of the bed.
Following her arrest, Caroline, 40, stepped down from her job on Love Island.
She had been due to fly out to South Africa for the first ever Winter series of the hit ITV2 dating show.
She has been replaced by Laura Whitmore, whose boyfriend Iain Stirling provides the voiceover for the show.
Caroline pleaded not guilty when she appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.
Flack wiped her eyes as she sat down before confirming her name, address and to give her plea.
Her lawyer Paul Morris interrupted proceedings to tell District Judge Julia Newton that Burton does not support the prosecution.
“He is not a victim, he is a witness,” Morris said.
When the charge was put to Flack for a second time, she answered: “Not guilty.”
Prosecutor Katie Weiss said: “He is a victim, he sustained a significant injury to his head.”
Ms Weiss said the trial would use body-worn footage from the police officers at the scene and a 999 call.
Defending Mr Morris said Flack and Burton are continuing their relationship: “He supports her and they’re still together. She wants to spend time with him.”
Flack began to cry into her hand as Mr Morris spoke. “She is in the public eye – this case has been scrutinised, she will conduct herself properly,” Mr Morris added.
Ms Weiss told the court: “At 5.25am on the 12 December he (Lewis Burton) made an allegation against his girlfriend Caroline Flack.
“Police then made their way to the address. Police then knocked on the door eight minutes later and it was opened by both of them. Both were covered in blood.”
The court heard when police arrived after being called at 5:25am they likened the “scene to a horror movie” with both parties “covered in blood”.
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.
Ms Weiss added: “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’.”
The prosecution said Flack told police she would kill herself and flipped over a table after her arrest.
Flack has been ordered to return to court on March 4.