Justin Lee Collins trial: Alcoholic, bankrupt and depressed, but Collins’ ex-girlfriend ‘not a liar’
Television presenter Justin Lee Collins used details of his ex-girlfriend’s sexual past as a “rock” with which to harm her, a court heard yesteray.
• Justin Lee Collins accused of harrassing ex-girlfriend
• Prosecution refutes claims sex dossier was ‘therapeutic’
• Comedian had affair with Anna Larke
Collins, 38, had a seven-month relationship with video games public relations worker Anna Larke, who is accusing him of harassment.
Prosecuting barrister Peter Shaw told the jury at St Albans Crown Court, in Hertfordshire, that she was an alcoholic,
bankrupt and suffering from
“She’s all of the above, but she’s not a fantasist,” Mr Shaw said in his closing statement.
“Does it make somebody with a drink problem – who has that relationship with alcohol – incapable about telling the truth on other matters?
“The prosecution say ‘No’, that would be manifestly ridiculous,” Mr Shaw added.
He went on: “What would cause a woman with a drink problem, living in a nice flat in Richmond with the man she was besotted with, going on international holidays several times a year – holidays that she could ordinarily only dream about, to Miami and New York – having money paid into her account by this defendant, what could cause her to walk out on him?
“What could it possibly be? She wanted to be treated properly.”
Collins met Ms Larke in 2006 at the Golden Joysticks Awards which he hosted in London.
The following year they embarked on an affair behind his wife Karen’s back, which lasted until 2008.
The pair split up, but resumed their relationship after the star’s marriage broke down in late 2010. Collins and his wife had been married for nine years, but together for 15 in total.
Ms Larke moved in with Collins in January last year after he left the marital home in Bristol, but problems quickly developed.
The Crown alleges that the bearded, long-haired comic was a controlling, sexually jealous boyfriend who made Ms Larke write down every sexual encounter she had ever
Collins says the sex list, on which he features at number 37, was Ms Larke’s idea to “unburden” herself.
But Mr Shaw told the jury: “Why would a woman choose to do such a thing? You can see the level of detail in that book. Is it plausible that what he says, this was therapeutic, cathartic? It is not, the Crown say.”
Collins, who came to fame with Channel 4’s The Friday Night Project, denies harassment.
In her closing statement, Collins’s barrister Sonia Woodley, QC, asked the jury: “Has this previously pleasant man become a monster overnight and hit her constantly, hundreds of times causing hundreds of bruises? And yet we don’t have any independent evidence that that was the case.”
The trial continues.
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