Caroline Flack’s ex-fiancé Andrew Brady has appeared in court over a charge of harassing a MailOnline journalist.
Mr Brady denies he had harassed journalist Dan Wootton, causing the MailOnline reporter to fear that violence would be used against him.
Mr Brady appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday morning to face the charges in relation to the 38-year-old Wootton.
The 30-year-old defendant was accused of using social media to send threats and abuse to the journalist between February 15 and April 27 this year.
Prosecutor Laura Marshall told the court that he began harassing Mr Wootton around the anniversary of Caroline Flack’s death, and said he accused him of being a murderer.
She further elaborated that he had compared Mr Wootton to American film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein, and said the only difference between the pair was that one had been convicted.
The prosecution added that Mr Brady had added Mr Wootton to a WhatsApp chat group, alongside other journalists and his own sister, a serving South Yorkshire Police officer and witness for the prosecution.
Mr Marshall claimed Mr Brady had set up social media pages in memory of Miss Flack, and had staged a protest outside Sheffield Town Hall.
Mr Brady, of Cross Bedford Street, Sheffield, was initially arrested on April 28.
He pleaded not guilty to one count of harassment causing fear of violence.
A trial has now been listed for a date in December and is expected to last at least five days, with a pre-trial review arranged for a date in November.
Mr Brady’s barrister James Gould said the issue at trial will be "freedom of expression against a public figure who was very keen to put private matters in the public domain", adding that "[Brady] does not accept [Mr Wootton] was caused fear, given his public role and the journalist he is."
Brady is best known for his appearance on series 13 of The Apprentice back in 2017, and he was also briefly engaged to Caroline Flack in 2018.
He was fired from The Apprentice after the eighth task but hadn’t finished with his television career, as he entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in January 2018.
Meanwhile, Miss Flack left her Love Island presenting role in December 2019, following her arrest for the alleged assault of her then-boyfriend, tennis player Lewis Burton.
She was found dead at her North East London home, aged 40, in February 2020 after taking her own life.
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Mr Wootton, meanwhile, was originally executive editor for The Sun and had his own radio talk show on TalkRadio, along with being a presenter on various ITV Breakfast shows.
He is best known for breaking the Megxit story last year and for being sued by prolific actor Johnny Depp.
In January, he left The Sun and TalkRadio to work for MailOnline and present a daily show on GB News.
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