Katie Price ‘vulnerable’ but ‘won’t withdraw statement’ over alleged assault

Katie Price will reportedly be ready to testify in court if required over an alleged assault despite earlier claims she was “too mentally fragile” to testify.

The 43-year-old claimed she was the victim of a physical assault in Essex in the early hours of Monday morning.

The former glamour model is feeling "emotionally vulnerable" but will not be withdrawing her statement, a spokesperson has said.

Katie shared photos of reported bruises on her face, after being rushed to hospital with a suspected fractured jaw and split lip.

A 32-year-old man has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of assault, theft and coercive and controlling behaviour.

However, The Sun previously reported that the star’s case could be dropped after pals said that she “cannot face” a court appearance.

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But her representative told the Daily Star: “Katie is NOT withdrawing her statement.”

“She is emotionally vulnerable but strong with the dedicated support of all those around her, management, family and the unconditional support of her fans and supporters.”

It comes after sources had wrongly previously claimed to The Sun: "She 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."

A police spokesman told the paper: "We have a duty of care to gather all evidence relating to this case, and our inquiries continue.”

Essex Police said in a statement following the alleged incident: "We were called by colleagues in the ambulance service to reports of an assault shortly after 1.30 am this morning, Monday 23 August.

"We arrived and found a woman had sustained a facial injury which required hospital treatment.

"A man was arrested a short time later on suspicion of assault.”

Katie is reportedly “too upset” to return home and is staying with friends to recuperate from the traumatic experience.

She spoke out after being discharged from hospital saying: "I've got a big bruise, my face is all puffy, and I went to hospital,”

"I'm still all dazed. I'm devastated. I've told police that I was assaulted and am in shock that this happened.

"I ran away after being punched – I ran to Harvey's house and have now done damage to my feet, which I previously injured. I can't say any more.”

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