Caroline Flack was advised to plead guilty to assault the day before her death, an inquest heard this afternoon.

The 40-year-old former Love Island presenter was found dead in her home Stoke Newington, north-east London, on February 15.

Flack was due to stand trial for assaulting her boyfriend, former tennis player and model Lewis Burton, in December.

Speaking during the inquest into her death in Poplar, east London, this morning, Flack’s friend Mollie Grosberg shared a statement with the court.

In the statement, Grosberg claimed at a meeting with her lawyers on February 14, Flack was advised to plead guilty to the assault.

Grosberg added that her legal team and commercial representation had advised Flack against speaking out publicly.

Flack was due to stand trial for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton

Her met through mutual friends 15 years ago, today the inquest heard Grosberg describe her late pal as “very loving, very kind and she was very forgiving”.

The former X Factor star's family had expressed concerns about her mental health as the trial loomed.

Her partner, Mr Burton also pleaded with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to drop the case.

Flack’s management team, Money Talent Management, criticised the Crown Prosecution after her death, branding the court date as a "show trial".

The Love Island presenter was found dead in her London home in February

The CPS found the case had been handled "appropriately".

During today’s inquest, Flack’s mother, Christine, claimed her daughter had been “let down” by the system ahead of the trial date.

She said: "I believe that Caroline was let down by the authorities and by the CPS in pursuing the case. I believe this was a show trial."

Caroline Flack's mum Christine said the family was "totally devastated" following her death

Christine added that she has received a written apology from the Chief Crown Prosecutor regarding the comments made about the Love Island star.

She said a lamp was never involved in the alleged attack on Mr Burton.

Christine claimed the prosecutor had been "unkind to Caroline and my family".

She also claimed she was "threatened with arrest" when she tried to speak to the Chief Crown Prosecutor.

Christine said her daughter "didn't beat Lewis Burton," before adding "the only person who was hurt that night was Caroline".

She said: "Caroline was told not to comment while all the time her heart was breaking.

"She lost a job she loved.

"She was taken to hospital after hurting herself. She was vulnerable."

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