‘I still suffer from that trauma today’: Katie Price accuses TV bosses of failing to protect her and ‘telling me to keep quiet’ when she was assaulted at gunpoint during filming
Katie Price has slammed TV bosses, accusing them of failing to protect her when she was assaulted at gunpoint during filming for her former reality show.
The star commented on an interview given by Caroline Flack’s mother over the weekend, which focused on her campaign to improve the duty of care for TV presenters.
Katie referenced her own ordeal which saw her and her children held at gunpoint in 2018 during filming for her Quest Red reality show My Crazy Life.
Katie Price has slammed TV bosses, accusing them of failing to protect her when she was assaulted at gunpoint during filming for her former reality show (pictured June 2022)
Caroline’s mother Christine explained in an interview on Saturday that it was ‘ironic’ that her late daughter, who hosted the ITV show Love Island, was ‘wrongly sacked’ from her role when her own love life was in turmoil.
Caroline took her own life on February 15, 2020, at age 40, the day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton in December 2019.
Speaking to The Sun, Christine explained: ‘The duty of care with presenters needs to be better. If you work in an office you’re safe-guarded, but on TV you’re not, you’re exposed.
‘Love Island thrived on arguments and they probably still do, I haven’t watched it since. But when it came to Caroline, they sacked her because of her love life. It was totally wrong.
Tragic: The star commented on an interview given by Caroline Flack’s mother (left) over the weekend, which focused on her campaign to improve the duty of care for TV presenters
Trauma: Katie screenshotted Christine’s interview and added her own experience from 2018 when she was driving towards Swaziland from Johannesburg to shoot her reality TV series
Katie screenshotted Christine’s interview and added her own experience from 2018 when she was driving towards Swaziland from Johannesburg to shoot her reality television series.
‘Yes totally agree TV channels have a lot to answer for with making you film things when they know about your mental health and don’t help …’ Katie wrote on Instagram.
‘And when you’re told to keep quiet when you’re hijacked and taped at gunpoint in front of your children because they didn’t have security and I still suffer from that trauma today.’
Katie recalled the ordeal for her Quest Red show in an episode which aired in August 2018.
Family: Katie was with her children Harvey, 17, Junior, and Princess at the time of the attack filming for her reality show on Quest Red
The former glamour model said that she was groped and held at gunpoint by six men when the family stopped at the roadside because her son Junior, then aged 14, needed the toilet.
Katie was with her children Harvey, Junior, and Princess at the time of the attack and was filming for her reality show during the holiday.
All three were thrown out their vehicle by the attackers during their journey from Johannesburg to Swaziland in two people carriers.
Their vehicles were ransacked of laptops, iPads, passports, cash and jewellery – but the robbers left behind a fortune in camera gear which the crew had stored on board.
Horrific: Katie discussed her harrowing experience where she was attacked by six men during a 2020 episode of Channel 4’s SAS: Celebrity Who Dares Wins
Katie also discussed the long-term impact of the harrowing incident during a 2020 episode of Channel 4’s SAS: Celebrity Who Dares Wins.
After the episode aired she divulged to the Sun that her subsequent stay at The Priory rehab clinic was to treat her post traumatic stress disorder following the attack.
She said: ‘The reason I went there was because I got held at gunpoint and sexually assaulted.’
She continued: ‘It was like something from a horror film. This big man in an adidas hoody was shouting in my face, swearing and demanding I give him everything. And he was touching me down below.
‘I grabbed a pillow and launched myself in front of the kids, trying to protect them, waiting for a bullet to hit me. I thought I was going to die. Police said it was a miracle they didn’t kill us.’
Katie didn’t press charges because she ‘couldn’t face the ordeal’.
Katie quit her Quest Red reality show after three years in 2020, with a spokesperson for the channel stating at the time that the separation was amicable and that Katie ‘wanted a break from intense reality for personal reasons after coming out of the Priory.’
A spokesperson for Quest Red has been contacted for comment by MailOnline.
Brutal: The former glamour model, 41, said that she was groped and held at gunpoint when the family stopped at the roadside because her son Junior, 14, needed the toilet
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