CAROLINE Flacks team have branded the Crown Prosecution Service cruel for pursuing her through the courts.
They are furious that prosecutors charged the tragic Love Island star, 40, over a minor incident and stopped her seeing boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27 who wanted the assault case dropped.
Her TV star pal Nicola McLean said: It only made things worse for both of them, particularly Caroline, who was already very vulnerable.
The CPS is under pressure to explain why it went ahead even though she was vulnerable.
It has not provided details but has implied there was other evidence and the case was in the public interest.
Caroline, 40 who was charged with assault following a clash with boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27 was found dead at her home on Saturday after taking her own life.
A source close to the star said: They are trying to make out it was a really serious assault, that Lewis suffered a significant injury and that Caroline may have been an ongoing danger to him.
Its total nonsense, the whole thing was designed to be a glitzy show trial.
Now theyre trying to cover their tracks by vaguely claiming it was in the public interest.
There was no public interest this was a minor incident blown out of proportion when the CPS knew Caroline was incredibly vulnerable. Prosecutors have some very serious questions to answer.
Carolines team say she was terrified about the case coming to trial and footage of her arrest being played out in court.
She believed her career would be over, and feared the humiliation her family would suffer.
The source criticised the bail condition which stopped her and Lewis from seeing each other, adding: It was cruel and unnecessary.
It only made things worse for both of them, particularly Caroline, who was already very vulnerable.
Carolines reality TV star pal Nicola McLean told The Suns Executive Editor Dan Wootton on his talkRADIO Drive Time show: Caroline just wanted to be with Lewis.
She wanted the charges dropped, she felt it was unfair. She would say, Ill plead guilty so this all goes away, but she didnt want to plead guilty because she didnt think she was, and neither do I.
The CPS published an explainer on its website in response to questions about the case.
It said domestic abuse victims often refuse to support prosecutions, but cases should be pursued anyway if other evidence is available and it is in the public interest.
The CPS said prosecutors will consider why an alleged victim withdrew their support when deciding whether to continue with a case. But it is believed police had also strong-armed prosecutors.
One senior source at the CPS said: They are under a lot of pressure to make it seem like Carolines case would have been a slam-dunk, with or without the complainant.
At a previous hearing, prosecutors claimed Lewis was hit over the head with a lamp as he was sleeping after Caroline found texts on his phone which had enraged her.
It is understood an application was made in January to have Carolines case dropped because it was an abuse of process and it was due to be heard. It included further warnings about her mental health and was supported by Lewis, who had accepted his initial claims were not true and said he believed the incident was an accident.
Nicola, 38, revealed she called Caroline on Friday, concerned for her welfare.
She said Caroline had changed her Instagram stories to close friends and sent a series of worrying messages before she phoned her.
Nicola said: She was really sad and she told me she was sad.
ITV has maintained the door was open for Caroline to return.
Chief Kevin Lygo said: Caroline was part of Love Island from the very beginning and her passion, dedication and boundless energy contributed to the shows success.
After Caroline stepped down from the show ITV made it clear that the door was left open for her to return and the Love Island production team remained in regular contact with her and continued to offer support over the last few months.
‘FORCED HER HAND’
Caroline told a number of her friends that ITV had given her no real choice jump or be pushed.
Nicola added: It was outrageous to force her hand. She shouldve been presenting that show.
Suspend her for what? She was not found guilty. She will never ever be found guilty.
Sun columnist Jane Moore spoke out on Loose Women about the blame placed on the media.
She said: The media have been unkind, the media have also been kind. I know for a fact that Caroline had relationships, and I mean friendships, with people in the media who also protected her from a lot of things that could have ended up in the media.
The journalist added: Can I just say, her family have not criticised the media.
I think theres a lot of people criticising the media who have their own agenda against the media.
Police and paramedics rushed to Caroline’s flat on Saturday, but she was pronounced dead at the scene
Sarah Vine, wife of senior Cabinet minister Michael Gove, blamed social media for piling in and destroying Carolines reputation.
She said: Without social media it would never have spiralled so wildly out of control.
Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, which play host to torrents of abuse of the vilest kind, are not defined as publishers and are therefore not accountable to the rules of the game.
Nor do the laws of libel and slander rigorously apply, meaning anyone can more or less say anything they like about anyone.
More of Carolines friends shared touching posts on Instagram, including celebrity hair stylist Lou Teasdale, who was with her minutes before she died. She shared a photo of Caroline holding her daughter Lux as a baby.
A CPS spokesman has said: Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Caroline Flack.
Given the tragic circumstances, we will not comment on the specifics of this case at this stage.
A tribute to Caroline featured on tonight’s episode of Love Island. Narrator Iain Stirling told viewers: We are absolutely devastated by the tragic news that Caroline, a much-loved member of our Love Island family, has passed away.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this dreadful time.
Like many of you, right now were all just trying to come to terms with whats happened.
My only hope is that we can all try to be kinder, always show love and listen to one another.
The TV presenter took her own life and was tragically found dead on Saturday
Caroline took her life hours after being told the CPS were pursuing her assault charge