Justin Lee Collins 'at absolute breaking point'

PUBLISHED: 15:22 03 October 2012

Justin Lee Collins leaves court yesterday (Tuesday) accompanied by his PR representative

Justin Lee Collins leaves court yesterday (Tuesday) accompanied by his PR representative

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JUSTIN Lee Collins resumed giving evidence in his trial for the alleged harassment of his ex-girlfriend, Welwyn Garden City woman Anna Larke today (Wednesday).

Collins, 38, of Kew, West London described how a vest top belonging to Miss Larke became torn during “an episode of love-play”.

The comic was reacting to evidence given by Miss Larke in which she had alleged he had ‘ripped tons of her clothing’.

He denies putting her in fear of violence, and described rows that couple had where she would “threaten suicide” and become “hysterical, emotional, highly agitated and nonsensical”

He said Miss Larke had fertility problems which resulted in her referring to herself as a “jaffa”.

He said: “She would literally punch herself in the stomach calling herself that word [jaffa] and sometimes hit herself in the face.”

Reacting to transcripts of foul-mouthed recordings where he is heard calling Miss Larke a “filthy, vile whore” he said he was “at absolute breaking point”, due to “provocation and goading”.

He said he was “ashamed” of what he was recorded saying and said it was “awful, just awful”.

But he said: “I’d been living with an alcoholic for seven months and I really couldn’t take it anymore.”

He said the recordings were “like someone else” and that he’d never been “that low or that angry before”.

Collins said he slapped Miss Larke on two occasions where she was self-harming, but denied assaulting her.

He also said Miss Larke insulted his estranged wife Karen, calling her “fat” and told him to go back to her.

And he admitted that “on one occasion I said ‘or I can stay here with my fat girlfriend’”.

He denied that he made Miss Larke sleep facing him, branding the allegation “nonsense” and “absolutely ridiculous”.

The former Friday Night Project host also denied making Miss Larke get rid of DVDs featuring actors she found attractive.

He said DVDs were given to Oxfam as part of “just a clear out” of both their belongings when they moved in together.

The Bristolian former stand-up comedian admitted to buying lads’ magazines like Nuts, Zoo and Playboy, which Miss Larke had said made her feel uncomfortable.

Collins said: “I consider it to be very important for my job.

“Popular culture is what I do.”

He denied “ogling women” in the magazines and said he used them to keep abreast of developments, in case the subjects raised came up in interviews he had to conduct.

Directed by his defence counsel, Sonia Woodley QC, he identified former girlfriend Anna Larke in a photograph were she was shown reclining on a sun lounger in Miami reading a copy of Playboy.

He said Miss Larke shared his interest in attending strip bars, including London’s Stringfellow’s, and he said he paid strippers to dance for them as a couple.

The trial continues.

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