BRIDE-TO-BE Lucy Steers was hit in the face with a glass after she taunted a woman for being on the Jeremy Kyle show, a court heard.
Miss Steers, 28, was left with a fractured nose and a two centimetre laceration following the alleged row at her engagement party in the George Hotel in Newent on December 1.
Gloucester Crown Court heard she had got into an argument with childminder Jennifer Eckley, who appeared on the ITV series in a show about domestic abuse.
Eckley, 27, of Foley Road, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner said what should have been one of the happiest days of Miss Steer’s life had turned into one of the worst.
He alleged Eckley, who was on a separate hen ‘do’ at the same place, told Miss Steers just before the attack: “I suppose you think you are pretty. Well you won’t be now.”
He said that on arrest she told a police officer: “No one is going to want me to look after their kids now that I’ve glassed someone in the face.”
But she denied making both statements.
The court heard that an hour before, Eckley grabbed the hair of party guest Nicola Taylor and banged her head against a wall after realising she was the former partner of her then boyfriend.
Eckley pleaded guilty to assaulting her, but denied punching Nicola’s sister, Kate, when she tried to intervene.
Miss Steers, who has since split up with her fiancé, is still awaiting surgery on her scarred nose.
Through tears, she said: “I remember having blood on my face and then going
to hospital and having stitches. I can’t remember anything.”
Defending, Jason Coulter said to her: “You made reference to her appearing live on the Jeremy Kyle show and it was when you mentioned that that things became heated between you.”
Miss Steers said she could not remember the conversation, but agreed she had seen her on the programme.
Miss Steers’ father, Geoffrey, who managed the pub, stepped in. Mr Steers, who has been in the licensing trade for 30 years, told the jury he believed Eckley was on more than alcohol that night.
He said when he told Eckley to stop swearing because it wasn’t ladylike, she responded with an expletive, adding she was “no lady”.
Landlord Rod Yendle tried to calm Eckley down before she heard Miss Steers talking about the show in the smoking area of the garden and she allegedly struck her with the glass.