Katie Price ‘is likely to DROP assault case because she cannot face being grilled in court’ after man was arrested over ‘1.30am bust up’ that saw her hospitalised, friends say
- Katie Price was taken to hospital following alleged incident at her Essex home
- The 43-year-old was later pictured with bruises to face as part of Sun interview
- Man in his 30s has been bailed on suspicion of assault following alleged incident
- A friend today told the Sun that Katie was ‘too mentality fragile’ to face court
- According to the paper, it means the assault case could be dropped by police
TV star Katie Price has reportedly told friends she ‘cannot face’ the prospect of a court appearance after allegedly being attacked in a ‘bust up’ at her home.
The media personality and model, 43, was taken to hospital following the alleged incident at her Essex property at around 1.30am on Monday.
She was pictured the following day with bruises to her face as part of an interview with the Sun newspaper.
A man in his 30s has been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of assault, theft and coercive control following the alleged altercation.
Friends of the mother-of-five reportedly told the Sun last night that she is ‘mentally fragile’ and ‘cannot face’ a court appearance.
Friends reportedly say it has left Katie in a ‘nightmare situation’ and could result in the case being dropped.
The media personality and model, 43, was taken to hospital following the alleged incident at her home at around 1.30am on Monday. She was pictured the following day with bruises to her face (pictured) as part of an interview with the Sun newspaper
A man in his 30s has been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of assault, theft and coercive control following the alleged altercation. Pictured: Police at the scene
The friend told the paper: ‘She (Katie) absolutely stands by her account of events of that night given to police, but upon reflection isn’t sure she’s mentally strong enough to go through yet another court appearance.
‘She doesn’t want to be dragged through the mill, and her private life scrutinised by all and sundry. Katie doesn’t see any other way out.’
Victims of alleged criminal offences are often required to give evidence in court.
Though they can requests screens to hide them from viewer of the alleged culprit or culprits, they still face the often stressful process of cross-examination by lawyers.
Courts are also publicly open to all adult members of the public, meaning everything said in open court is repeatable, including in media reports.
A police spokesman said: ‘We have a duty of care to gather all evidence relating to this case and our inquiries continue.’
A source close to the investigation said its officers will be engaging with Katie in the coming days.
It comes as Katie’s boyfriend, Carl Woods was pictured for the first time since it was revealed his reality star girlfriend was the victim of the alleged attack.
The former Love Island star, 32, was seen walking the couple’s dog in Essex on Tuesday, after it was claimed that the £50,000 engagement ring he gave her had also been taken during the assault.
Katie’s boyfriend, Former Love Island star, Carl Woods, 32, was seen walking the couple’s dog in Essex on Tuesday, after it was claimed that the £50,000 engagement ring he gave her had also been taken during the assault
Carl’s outing came as a source close to Katie told MailOnline that Katie has already returned to work following the assault.
The insider revealed: ‘She is exhausted but Katie is back to work like a true professional.
‘The police investigation is ongoing but neighbours have been coming forward with information to help the police’.
Katie’s reported reluctance to attend court comes following a string of previous courtroom dramas.
Last year she was ordered to pay £25,000 in damages to her cage-fighter ex-husband Alex Reid after leaking details of their sex life.
She has also been disqualified from driving six times. She was handed a two-year disqualification in October 2019 after she opted to withhold the identity of the person who had been driving her signature pink Range rover that was involved in a collision in Bexley the year before.
Katie was also warned last year that she could face prison if she did not turn up to court for a bankruptcy hearing.