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'THIS DID NOT AGE WELL'

Caroline Flack's 2010 tweet about lamp goes viral after ex-Love Island host charged with attacking toyboy Lewis Burton

A CAROLINE Flack tweet about her lamp has gone viral after the former Love Island host was charged with attacking boyfriend Lewis Burton.

Yesterday, Flack, 40, wept at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court as she was accused of assaulting Mr Burton, 27, in his sleep after finding texts from a woman on his phone.

Caroline Flack leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court yesterday afternoon
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Credit: gavin rodgers/pixel8000 Caroline Flack leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court yesterday afternoon Credit: gavin rodgers / pixel8000
Lewis Burton left court separately from his girlfriend
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Credit: SWNS:South West News Service Lewis Burton left court separately from his girlfriend Credit: SWNS: South West News Service

Her toyboy lover Mr Burton denied she smashed him over the head with a lamp in a jealous rage-insisting: "Arguments do happen".

Following yesterday's court hearing, hundreds of Twitter users have shared a 2010 tweet from the reality TV presenter saying "I also love my new lamp".

Flack's post was in reply to another of her own tweets in which she said "I love living in Camden Town".

Her comment from almost a decade ago has been retweeted more than 600 times.

'AGED LIKE MILK'

One Twitter user joked: "This aged well."

Another posted: "This aged like milk".

And a third wrote: "I'm just here for the comments".

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Credit: Twitter

Cops found Flack and Mr Burton covered in blood "like a horror movie" after she attacked him over fears he was cheating on her, the court heard yesterday.

Prosecutors alleged she left him with a significant head injury at her North London home on December 12.

But Mr Burton, who was also in court to watch the proceedings, denied the allegations against his girlfriend in a Instagram post after the hearing.

The model and tennis player shared a loved-up image of the couple on Instagram, saying a bail condition banning them from seeing each other was "heartbreaking".

He wrote: "It's heartbreaking I can't see my girlfriend over Christmas. What I witnessed today was horrible. She did not hit me with a lamp.

It's heartbreaking I can't see my girlfriend over Christmas. She did not hit me with a lamp

Lewis Burton

"Arguments do happen every day in a every relationships. Gutted I am not allowed to protect her right now."

The prosecution said Mr Burton told a 999 call handler "she tried to kill me" in a three-minute call after the alleged attack.

Prosecutor Kate Weiss told the court: "During the 999 call he said quite clearly that his girlfriend was beating him up.

"He is almost begging the operator to send help. He said 'she's going mad, breaking stuff, she almost cracked my head open.'"

Flack could be heard shouting "you ruined my life" and repeatedly calling him an "a *** hole" in the background, the court heard.

After her arrest, Flack "flipped over a table and had to be restrained on the ground", the prosecution said.

But Mr Burton doesn't support the prosecution and doesn't consider himself a victim, Flack's lawyer told the court.

The prosecution said a trial would see bodycam footage from police officers at the scene and hear the 999 call.

Flack showed no emotion as she left court
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Credit: PA:Press Association Flack showed no emotion as she left court Credit: PA: Press Association
The star wore a black coat, scarf and boots as she arrived with an unknown woman
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Credit: 2019 Stephen Lock / i-Images The star wore a black coat, scarf and boots as she arrived with an unknown woman Credit: 2019 Stephen Lock / i-Images
Mr Burton is pictured arriving at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court yesterday morning
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Credit: PA:Press Association Mr Burton is pictured arriving at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court yesterday morning Credit: PA: Press Association
Police had to push their way through photographers as Flack walked into court
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Credit: The Mega Agency Police had to push their way through photographers as Flack walked into court Credit: The Mega Agency
Flack shared this message on Instagram following her court appearance yesterday
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Credit: Instagram Flack shared this message on Instagram following her court appearance yesterday Credit: Instagram
Flack cried when she appeared in the dock at court
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Credit: PA:Press Association Flack cried when she appeared in the dock at court Credit: PA: Press Association

The prosecutor also claimed Flack "flouted" her bail condition not to have any direct or indirect contact with Mr Burton.

Ms Weiss said: "She breached this almost immediately by posting a message on Instagram by writing 'to my boyfriend I love you'."

Flack begged the judge to have a bail condition banning her from talking to Mr Burton lifted, but it was denied-meaning the couple will have to spend Christmas apart.

Moments after leaving court, Flack thanked her fans for their support in on her Instagram story.

She wrote: "Thankfully I know a lot of you will not believe all that you have heard and read following yesterday'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."

Paul Morris, Flack's lawyer, argued his client had suffered enough and she would "conduct herself properly".

He told the court: "They had been in a relationship all of this year and he appears in court today to support her and they remain a couple

"She wants to spend time with her partner. If the conditions were lifted there would be no concerns.

"It's not an irrelevant point: it's Christmas, it's New Year, she's suffered enough.

"She is in the public eye-this case has been scrutinised, she will conduct herself properly,"

Earlier, former Strictly winner Flack was escorted to the North London court by police wearing a black coat, scarf and boots.

She kept her head down and broke into tears as she got inside.

She walked past Mr Burton in the packed gallery and wiped her eyes as she stood in front of the glass-enclosed dock to confirm her name, address, and date of birth before the single charge was read out.

Mr Morris interrupted proceedings to tell Judge Newton that Mr Burton does not support the prosecution.

He said: "He is not a victim, he is a witness."

When the charge was put to Flack for a second time, she answered: "Not guilty."

Ms Wiess said: "He is a victim, he sustained a significant injury to his head."

Mr Morris continued: "He would not suggest that the injuries are significant in the way the prosecution submit."

Mr Burton put his hand to his face before the couple left the court room separately.

Flack was released on conditional bail before her trial on March 4.

'WORST TIME OF MY LIFE'

Mr Burton and Flack do not follow each other on Instagram, but the couple had regularly shared pictures of each other loved up on their social media accounts.

Yesterday she shared a heartbreaking message saying she didn't know "where to go" or "who to trust".

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 I even am."

Cops raced to Flack's Islington home where the couple lived together following reports of a man being assaulted on December 12.

The 5ft 3in star is accused of beating up the 6ft 4in ex-tennis player.

Several officers and police vehicles were pictured outside the ITV2 star's home following the early-morning row and there were also images of blood on their door.

The TV star stepped down from being the host of ITV's hit show Love Island after she was charged with assault by beating.

Laura Whitmore, 34, was named as Flack's replacement in a £ 500,000 deal.

Flack confirmed the news on Instagram saying: "I'm glad it's Laura — she loves the show as much as I do.

"Again, thank you for your messages of support. It's a really rough time but I'm doing all I can to keep my head above water and sort this out."

Mr Burton declared his love for Flack on Instagram yesterday when she shared a throwback clip of her from happier times.

He wrote on the black and white clip: "I love this girl."

Flack will next appear in court for her trial, which is expected to last a day and a half.

Flack was charged with assault earlier this month
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Credit: 2019 Stephen Lock / i-Images Flack was charged with assault earlier this month Credit: 2019 Stephen Lock / i-Images
She denied prosecutors' claims she smashed Mr Burton over the head with a lamp as he slept
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Credit: PA:Press Association She denied prosecutors' claims she smashed Mr Burton over the head with a lamp as he slept Credit: PA: Press Association
Mr Burton was snapped leaving his flat in South East London early this morning
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Credit: Gary Stone Mr Burton was snapped leaving his flat in South East London early this morning Credit: Gary Stone
Mr Burton and Flack will have to spend Christmas apart as part of her bail conditions
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Credit: Getty - Contributor Mr Burton and Flack will have to spend Christmas apart as part of her bail conditions Credit: Getty-Contributor
Flack was escorted into court by police
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Credit: Getty Images - Getty Flack was escorted into court by police Credit: Getty Images-Getty
Flack is said to have assaulted Mr Burton after finding texts from a woman on his phone
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Credit: PA:Press Association Flack is said to have assaulted Mr Burton after finding texts from a woman on his phone Credit: PA: Press Association
Mr Burton does not follow Flack on Instagram
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Credit: Instagram Mr Burton does not follow Flack on Instagram Credit: Instagram
Flack no longer follows Mr Burton on the social media platform
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Credit: Instagram Flack no longer follows Mr Burton on the social media platform Credit: Instagram
Flack and Mr Burton used to share pictures of each other loved-up on social media
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Flack and Mr Burton used to share pictures of each other loved-up on social media
Flack was arrested during a domestic incident at her North London home earlier this month
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Credit: Rex Features Flack was arrested during a domestic incident at her North London home earlier this month Credit: Rex Features
Flack shared this message on Instagram the day before her court appearance
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Flack shared this message on Instagram the day before her court appearance
The ex-Love Island star was surrounded by police on the court steps
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Credit: 2019 Stephen Lock / i-Images The ex-Love Island star was surrounded by police on the court steps Credit: 2019 Stephen Lock / i-Images
Caroline Flack, 40, leaves court on bail after pleading not guilty to assaulting boyfriend Lewis Burton Lewis Burton, 27