Caroline Flack’s mum says she was an ‘easy target for cruel people’ in heartbreaking statement after inquest

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Caroline Flack’s mother has tragically said that her daughter was an “easy target for cruel people” following the inquest into her death.

A coroner ruled today that the former Love Island presenter had taken her own life after being told she would be prosecuted for an alleged assault on her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.

In a statement released following the second and final day of the inquest, Chris had slammed “someone” who had taken a photograph at the scene of the alleged incident in December 2019 and “sold it to the press”, saying it “devastated” Caroline.

  • Caroline Flack took her own life after hearing she would be prosecuted as her mother tells police officer who pushed for charge: 'You should be disgusted with yourself'

  • Caroline Flack admitted 'whacking' boyfriend Lewis Burton but didn't want to hurt him, inquest hears

Mrs Flack said: “Many people loved and supported Caroline, they know who they are and I thank them all.

“Many people pretended to love Caroline and took advantage of her kindness and they know who they are.

“Someone took a photo that night and sent it to another person who sold it to the press – and this devastated Caroline. You know what you did.”

She added: “Caroline you were loved. I love you. Those that would have harmed you can’t touch you now.”

Caroline’s mother went on to describe her daughter as “beautiful, fun, opinionated, kind, loyal, full of confidence and full of fears”.

She added: “Because she was successful and because she was so open about her life and her loves, she became an easy target for cruel and spiteful people who, if they knew the pain they caused, would be ashamed.

Adding: “I believe she (Caroline) was a celebrity who some felt needed to be made an example of, as opposed to being treated as anyone else would have been, which is all Caroline wanted.

“I don’t believe Caroline was treated as anyone else would have been.”

A coroner had ruled earlier in the day that Caroline had taken her own life on February 15, just one day after finding out she would be prosecuted.

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  • Caroline Flack 'left note to boyfriend Lewis Burton' on day of her death, inquest hears

Caroline’s mother Christine told the police officer who had pushed for the star to be charged following the alleged incident in December 2019: “You should be disgusted with yourself.”

Coroner Mary Hassell gave a verdict of suicide, saying: “I am entirely satisfied she intended to cause her own death. She hanged herself.

“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.”

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

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