The inquest into Caroline Flack’s death resumed this week and her mum fought back tears as she paid tribute to her daughter.
The Love Island presenter was found dead at her home in Stoke Newington, north-east London, on February 15.
The 40-year-old took her own life hours after she discovered the CPS would be pursuing charges of an alleged assault by beating against her.
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Caroline’s mum Christine told the inquest: “Through all of this Caroline was told not to speak, not to tell her side of the story.
“The only person who was hurt that night was Caroline.
“An awful picture was sold to the press, Caroline was told not to speak while all the time her heart was breaking.”
Chris Flack added she was with her daughter in her new home in Stoke Newington on the weekend Caroline died.
She said: “When I said goodbye to her that day I never thought it would be for the last time.
“I believe she was heartbroken. I know nothing will bring her back, but I do want people to know what a lovely, kind, generous person she was.
“She never spoke badly of anyone and was totally loyal, that’s why she was always devastated when people close to her were happy to let her personal life appear in print.”
Mrs Flack added: “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.”
Earlier, the inquest heard that Caroline had taken a drug overdose the night before her court appearance in December, which was two months prior to her tragic death.
A witness statement by Harley Street psychiatrist Dr Brian Wells made the revelation as they presented evidence at Poplar Coroner’s Court.
It explained that on 11pm December 22 2019, he was alerted by Caroline’s management that she had taken a “small drug overdose” in a London hotel.
Dr Wells was informed Caroline had also been drinking alcohol. He arrived at the hotel within 30 minutes and found Caroline inebriated in bed and “vomiting into a waste bin”.
He said Caroline, who left a note for boyfriend Lewis Burton on the day of her death, had apparently “taken a small overdose” and was “fully conscious although somewhat inebriated”.