Caroline Flack’s ex-fiancé jailed for harassing GB News host Dan Wootton

The ex-fiancé of the late TV star Caroline Flack was jailed for a campaign of harassment against GB News presenter Dan Wootton, and was told by a judge: “This must stop.”

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, sitting at Sheffield Crown Court, said Andrew Brady’s claims that Mr Wootton was in any way responsible for Miss Flack’s death were “completely unreasonable”, noting that the former executive editor of The Sun was actually a friend of Love Island. presenter, deceased in 2020.

Judge Richardson told Brady that his attacks on Wootton, a MailOnline columnist, had “everything to do with his desire to be a celebrity and his irritation that the press was not the least bit interested in his uninteresting life”.

Brady, 31, of Cross Bedford Street, Sheffield, admitted harassment at a hearing earlier this week and was jailed for four months on Friday.

Dan Wootton was harassed by Brady (Gemma Gravett/GB News/PA)

(PA Media)

Judge Richardson noted that, given the length of time the defendant was in pretrial detention, he would be released in the “very near future.”

He imposed a 10-year restraining order that prohibited Brady from contacting Wootton, posting anything about him online or coming within 200 yards of his home or workplace.

Describing some of the social media posts and messages about Mr Wootton as “completely outrageous”, Judge Richardson warned Brady that he faces a prison sentence measured in years if he fails to comply with the order.

In a statement read out in court, Wootton, who watched the proceedings via video link, said he “adored” the “late great Caroline Flack”.

He said he had a close working relationship with her, adding, “I only wrote stories about Caroline that she wanted published.”

The journalist added: “She knew I had her back.”

Wootton said the late host called him after she broke up with Brady, who had appeared on The Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother, in 2018.

The broadcaster said Brady had his phone number after a trip to an O2 concert arranged by Flack, so he could meet the defendant because he knew Wootton had reservations about their relationship.

Wootton said in his statement: “The public needs to know that he (Brady) has no credibility to speak for Caroline.”

But he added: “I hope he gets the help he needs.”

Caroline Flack died in 2020 (PA)

(PA file)

A message sent to Mr. Wootton by Ms. Flack was read to the court saying of Brady: “You’re scary, Dan.

“He still scares me even when he’s in Australia.”

The court heard how Brady’s campaign began on the year anniversary of Miss Flack’s death and involved what the judge described as “deeply unpleasant nonsense” on a variety of platforms.

Laura Marshall, a prosecutor, said other journalists were included in the defendant’s messages, including one who said Brady had demanded she pay him £40,000 for a “tell-all” story about his ex-fiancée.

And he said Brady made numerous attempts to sell stories about himself.

Marshall said a message Brady posted about Wootton read: “I felt like getting rid of him once and for all.”

And he said that the WhatsApp voice messages he left for the presenter included comments such as: “You are guilty of the death of people” and “you are an evil man to deal with”.

The court heard how Brady was arrested and released on bail in February 2021, but continued his campaign against the journalist.

When he was arrested again in April 2021, Brady livestreamed the event on Instagram, saying, “You’re going to have to put a bullet in my head.”

The judge was told that Brady accused Wootton of being a sex offender and murderer during a two-month campaign and compared him to disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Simply put, you need to stop doing what you’re doing.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC

Judge Richardson called it “deeply offensive criminal conduct” and described it as “irrational” and “narcissistic.”

He said: “Totally irrationally you pretended to blame (Mr Wootton) in some strange way for (Ms Flack’s) death.

“It should be made clear that nothing could be further from the truth.”

The judge said he was “fully satisfied” that Brady’s “catalogue of abuse” had “very little to do with Miss Flack’s death.”

Judge Richardson said he would not “taint” his sentencing comments by repeating part of the “kaleidoscope of invective mixed with high-octane expletives.”

The judge told Brady, “Simply put, you need to stop doing what you’re doing.”

He explained that the consequences would be severe if he resumed his campaign, telling him: “Please mark my words. If that were to happen, the likely sentence, given history, would be measured in years, not months.

“You have been warned.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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