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Caroline Flack was ‘being harassed by an ex-partner’ before her tragic death

A psychiatrist who examined the presenter has revealed the harassment affected her mental health

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Court reports have revealed Caroline Flack was being “harassed by an ex-partner” before she tragically took her own life.

The Love Island host was sadly found dead on February 15, just two months after she was arrested for assault following a row with her boyfriend Lewis Burton.

As Caroline’s lawyers fought to have the assault case thrown out, the Crown Prosecution Service was handed a report from a psychiatrist – who had examined the TV presenter.

The psychiatrist reported that Caroline’s stress and anxiety levels had been increased in the run up to her arrest, as she was being harassed by an unnamed ex.

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However, prosecutors ruled that the information did not relate to the assault case as it was a separate crime, and they advised her to report the stalking to police.

According to the Daily Star, the alleged stalker was not called to testify during an inquest into Caroline’s death earlier this week, and the court was ordered not to name the individual.

Although they didn’t name the person, coroner Mary Hassell confirmed the individual was not Lewis Burton in court.

Following the two-day inquest, the coroner officially ruled Caroline’s death as a suicide earlier this week.

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Speaking at Poplar Coroner’s Court in east London, she said: “The key decision for me to make.. is whether Caroline took her own life. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. Therefore the appropriate conclusion for me to return is one of suicide.”

“Caroline had fluctuating mental ill health, she had had struggles in the past. She had had difficulties.”

“In spite of the fact she may have led – to some – a charmed life, actually the more famous she got the more some of these difficulties increased – she had to deal with the media in a way most of us don’t,” she continued.

“It was played out in the national press – and that was incredibly difficult for her. She faced the prospect of not working in the job she loved, losing a great deal.”

“I find the reason for her taking her life was she now knew she was being prosecuted for certainty, and she knew she would face the media, press, publicity – it would all come down upon her.”

“To me, that’s it in essence,” she concluded.

The 40-year-old was found dead at her home in North London on February 15, two months after she was arrested for assault following a row with her boyfriend Lewis Burton.

Caroline took her own life just hours after she was told she would face trial for the alleged assault – despite the fact that Lewis didn’t want to press charges.

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Following her death, the presenter’s management slammed the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for pursuing the ‘show trial’, knowing how vulnerable she was.

And during an inquest into her death this week, Caroline’s mother Christine once again slammed the CPS for pursuing the trial.

In a written statement, she said: “I believe Caroline was seriously let down by the authorities and in particular the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) for pursuing the case.”

“I believe this was a show trial. I feel the prosecutor was unkind to Caroline and my family. I was threatened with arrest when I tried to speak.”

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