LOVE Island’s Francesca Allen called the show’s host Caroline Flack a ‘dirty paedo’ to her face, according to her best pal.
The villa’s newest girl cruelly tormented the 39-year-old host with the slur during a wild day out at Wireless festival.
Francesca called Caroline a ‘dirty paedo’[/caption]
The shocking taunt came shortly after Caroline had split from her much-younger lover, Harry Styles, who was 17 while she was 31.
It was detailed in a 2012 tweet posted by Francesca’s friend, Paigey Banks, who made the claims about her.
The post read: “Highligh of the dayyy seeing Caroline Flack and calling herrr a dirtyy pedo withhhh @francesca_allen hahaha.”
The news is likely to make things awkward between the presenter and 23-year-old Francesca – who will be reunited for the first time since the verbal attack at tonight’s dumping.
Caroline and Francesca will come face to face tonight[/caption]
A rep for Francesca told The Sun: “This was a historic tweet that has not come from Francesca directly.
“Francesca can’t reply as she is in the villa but she would be mortified if she was judged based on the actions of a 16 year old friend.
“She has a lot of respect for Caroline and is looking forward to meeting her.”
Caroline wrote about an incident where she was called a “paedophile” while she was dating Harry in her autobiography, Storm In A C Cup.
Harry and Caroline briefly dated in 2011[/caption]
The star was presenting Xtra Factor with Olly Murs at the time[/caption]
She wrote: “It began to go wrong when he was pictured coming out of my house one morning And that was that.
“In the street people started shouting ‘paedophile’ at me in the street and ‘pervert’.”
Defending their age gap, she added: “I’ve never felt I was much older than Harry. I still feel 18 and I probably act that way half the time.
“Although it was just a bit of fun we decided it was best to keep it to ourselves as we were both working for Simon Cowell.”
A rep said Francesca would be ‘mortified’ by the old tweet[/caption]
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Caroline and Harry struck up a relationship through The X Factor, when she was co-host of the Xtra Factor spin-off show and he was in One Direction.
The group, who were signed to Simon’s label, had come third on the show the previous year and were on their way to global stardom.
Francesca has only been in the villa for three days, but has already caught the eye of Curtis Pritchard and Ovie Soko.
Her interest in the ballroom dancer has put her on a collision course with Maura Higgins, who is deperate to couple up with Curtis.
Francesca arrived in the villa with Chris Taylor this week[/caption]
Before she went in, she Francesca, who is the co-owner of a clothing boutique, said she was “fiery”.
She also claimed she was “very positive” – though judging by the taunts she and her friend are accused of making, that remark may now ring a little hollow.