Jury hears recording of Justin Lee Collins saying ex-girlfriend brought out ‘the demon’ in him
Justin Lee Collins’ relationship with his ex brought out “the demon” in him, a court heard today.
• Voice on recording brands her ‘dirty vile whore’
• Entertainer says rant out of characher and sounded ‘like someone else’
Collins, 38, had a seven-month relationship with video games public relations worker Anna Larke last year, who is accusing him of harassment.
A jury at St Albans Crown Court, in Hertfordshire, has heard a secret recording Ms Larke, 38, made of the entertainer verbally abusing her during a row last July.
On the recording the entertainer says to her “You bring the f****** demon out in me” as he insults her with a tirade of grossly offensive terms.
The “demon” comment was previously inaudible to the court but a transcript of it was used by prosecuting barrister Peter Shaw during Collins’s cross-examination.
Collins, who came to fame with Channel 4’s The Friday Night Project, said the “rant” was completely out of character and it sounded “like someone else”.
Mr Shaw said: “You are telling her there is something about this relationship, something about her that brings the demon out in you.”
The father of two said: “That’s not true.”
In the recording Collins calls Ms Larke a “f****** slag”, a “dirty vile whore,” and a “f****** sex addict”.
Collins was in “meltdown”, he told the jury of nine women and three men after his relationship with the recovering alcoholic hit rock bottom.
Collins, of Kew, south west London, denies harassment.
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