Lauren Goodger's ex-boyfriend Charles Drury who was accused of assaulting the TOWIE star on the day of their baby daughter's funeral has charges dropped

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By Richard Percival

Published: 07:24 EST, 12 February 2024 | Updated: 07:40 EST, 12 February 2024

The ex-partner of TOWIE star Lauren Goodger has had charges of assaulting her on the day of their daughter's funeral dropped after she withdrew her support for the case.

Charles Drury, 26, was accused of assaulting the 37-year-old mum-of-one who starred in the original cast of popular ITV reality TV show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE).

Drury, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, who appeared in court on Monday wearing a grey flat cap, dark jeans and black jumper, was also charged with engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour towards his ex, with whom he shares a daughter.

The builder had previously denied both charges and was due to face trial next month.

But Snaresbrook Crown Court was told Ms Goodger had decided to withdraw her support for the case, meaning a not guilty verdict was recorded for both charges.

Charles Drury, 26, was accused of inflicting actual bodily harm on his ex-girlfriend TOWIE star Lauren Goodger

The builder (pictured left) had previously denied both charges and was due to face trial next month.

Mr Drury, who spoke only to confirm his name in court, said he didn't wish to comment on the charges being dropped 'at this time'.

Robin Griffiths ,prosecuting, told the court that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was offering no evidence in relation to the charges, and invited Recorder James Lofthouse to direct non guilty verdicts.

Mr Recorder Lofthouse said: 'A letter dated February 6 from the CPS [says] the complainant in this case [Ms Goodger] has withdrawn her support.

'In that case, the Crown does not have sufficient evidence to proceed.

'That being the case, it's the Crown who bring cases… I will direct a not guilty verdict to be given on both counts on the indictment.'

Mr Recorder Lofthouse added that Mr Drury could also apply for any trial expenses he incurred, including travel to and from court.

'That brings proceedings to an end,' he added, addressing Drury.

Ms Goodger is best known for appearing on ITV's reality TV show The Only Way is Essex

Their daughter Lorena tragically died in July 2022. Lauren also has a daughter Larose (pictured), 23 months, with Charles and the pair still meet to co-parent their child 

'Not guilty verdicts have been recorded and you're free to go.'

Asked outside the court whether he'd like to comment on the charges being dropped, Mr Drury said: 'Not at this point. Thanks.'

Mr Drury had been charged with assault by beating, relating to an incident in which police were called to a residential address in Upminster, Essex, on August 4, 2022.

A woman in her 30s was said to have been taken to hospital and treated for facial injuries.

The alleged assault is said to have taken place on the day of their infant daughter Lorena's funeral, who sadly died aged just two days old.

The second charge of engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour which had a 'serious effect' on Ms Goodger and caused her to fear that violence would be used against her on multiple occasions, related to the period between 1 and 5 August 2022.

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