Justin Lee Collins accused of using ex-girlfriend's sexual past as a 'rock' with which to harm her
Friday 05 October 2012
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 today.
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 depression.
“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 said.
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 200
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 ex-comic was a controlling, sexually jealous boyfriend who made Ms Larke write down every sexual encounter she ever had.
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.”
He added: “It was to haunt Anna Larke because despite this defendant's assurances about what a good thing it would be to do, he used it as a rock against which any self esteem she did have would be dashed.”
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.
"Anna Larke describes the defendant as a wife-beater and that is a very serious allegation to make.
"But, members of the jury, there is something even worse. That is to be convicted as a wife-beater when you are no such thing."
Ms Woodley said the jury could not know for certain that Collins's explanation for that fact the sex list was predominantly written in his handwriting was wrong.
"How could you exclude the possibility that the defendant's explanation might be right? That she wanted to unburden herself but found it too difficult to write it down herself?"
She went on to say that Ms Larke kept the notebook after the relationship had ended to hurt Collins.
"This was a weapon she could deploy to get back at him and twist as to how it came into existence," she added.
Previously, the court has heard a secret recording Ms Larke, 38, made of the entertainer verbally abusing her during a row last July.
On the recording he says to her "You bring the f****** demon out in me" as he insults her with a tirade of grossly offensive terms.
But Ms Woodley raised concerns about why only a selected part of the recording had been played to the trial, and that it had been deleted from the mobile phone she used to make the recording.
"It is suspicious and it is very worrying," she said.
"We suggest that this is a document that has been doctored by her."
Actress sees off speculation about her appearance in an amazing way
Review: Despite an uphill climb to see Jake Bugg in action, his performance is notably flat
Powerful images of strays taken moments before being put down
Review: Witty banalities aside, the comedian has an authentic voice
The Washington Post editor helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down President Nixon
Australian jihadist Abdullah Elmir vows Isis will fight 'until black flag is on the top of Buckingham Palace'
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery claims: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
Chicago voter tells Obama 'don't touch my girlfriend' – Obama stays super smooth
Oscar Pistorius: The brutal prison life that awaits disgraced athlete
Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
- 1 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery claims: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 2 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 3 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 4 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters