Man admits attacking Shameless star
A man has pleaded guilty to attacking Shameless star Elliott Tittensor on the steps of a court.
John Russell Flint, 47, assaulted the 21-year-old actor after he was fined for driving without insurance following a car accident which left Flint's teenage son with permanent eye injuries.
Elliott, who plays Carl Gallagher in the Channel 4 show, was unhurt after being hauled to the ground outside London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on November 2 last year.
Flint, of no fixed address, admitted the charge, which relates to fear or provocation of violence under section four of the Public Order Act, at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, sitting at Stratford Magistrates' Court in east London.
Clare Mirza, prosecuting, said: "Elliott Tittensor attended a court appearance at Highbury Corner. This was a high-profile case and it was believed there was likely to be a lot of press interest.
"Various police officers were assigned to the court and there were approximately three paparazzi that morning.
"Mr Tittensor left the court after his hearing and a car pulled up outside on Holloway Road.
"Two males exited. Mr Tittensor appeared, and the defendant, having been waiting outside of court, threw a punch at Mr Tittensor."
The prosector said the defendant later admitted to police he had thrown a punch. Flint was told by Mr Bryant to attend Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on April 12 at 1.30pm to be sentenced.
Flint, who represented himself during the hearing, said: "I apologise to the court. I just lost my temper. I saw his face smiling outside of the court.