Katie Price has been warned she faces jail after she admitted breaching a restraining order against her ex-husband’s fiancée over a post in which she accused the couple of having an affair.
The 44-year-old former model sent Kieran Hayler a message on January 21 this year in which she called her new partner Michelle Penticost a “gutter slag”.
Price was banned from contacting Penticost either directly or indirectly under a five-year restraining order imposed at Horsham Magistrates’ Court on June 3, 2019.
She was also fined £415 for directing a crude ‘abuse tirade’ at her during an argument in a schoolyard.
Price wore a black coat, black leggings and white boots as she pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday to indirectly breaching the restraining order.
It comes after she denied the same charge at Crawley Magistrates Court in April.
The offense carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, she was warned.
She was supported by her fiancé, reality TV personality Carl Woods, 33, who held her hand as he led her through the court building before taking a seat in the public gallery for the hearing.
The court previously heard that her message to Hayler may have been triggered by an Instagram post from Penticost, which she said was aimed at Price.
Price’s message read, “Tell your fuckin’ pussy, shit, girlfriend don’t start with me. She has a restraining order so shouldn’t try to upset me because she’s in violation and I’m sure she doesn’t want people to know she was having an affair with you behind my back. This gutter slag.
The court heard that the offense was due to Price’s use of the words “say it”, which was an indirect attempt to communicate with Penticost.
Judge Stephen Mooney warned Price: “It is clear that you accepted responsibility for this offense and indirectly attempted to contact Ms Penticost despite her restraining order against you. I must warn you, Mrs. Price, that you risk going to prison.
Defending Nicholas Hamblin said Price was “subject to various conditions” at the time of the offense. He suggested there may have been issues with Price’s mental health, which led her to send the message.
Judge Mooney said he would “need to know” the context before considering Price’s sentence.
He further warned: “Have no illusions, you run the risk of receiving an immediate custodial sentence.
Price was released on bail ahead of sentencing at Lewes Crown Court on June 24, saying nothing to reporters and photographers as she left.
She was also due to face a speeding hearing on Tuesday, but court officials said the case was not dealt with through a single court proceeding and the case was pushed back to Tuesday July 5 at the Crawley Magistrates Court.