Justin Lee Collins denies being sex-obsessed, violent and racist under cross-examination in 'harassment' trial
PUBLISHED: 06:30 04 October 2012
UNDER tough cross-examination yesterday (Wednesday) Justin Lee Collins said his seven months living with ex Anna Larke was "absolute hell".
In electric exchanges at St Albans Crown Court prosecutor Peter Shaw tried to paint Collins, 38 of Kew, South West London, as violent, racist and sex-obsessed.
He quizzed the comic over clandestine recordings Miss Larke, of Welwyn Garden City, had made of him ranting made as their relationship imploded.
Collins said of the audio files in which he can be heard describing Miss Larke as “a filthy, vile whore”, “I’ve never been like that before”.
And he claimed he was “at breaking point” when the recordings were made.
“That seven month period of my life was absolute hell,” he said.
He said that despite the recordings foul-mouthed content, there was “absolutely no evidence of threats”.
Mr Shaw then probed Collins on a Pukka Pad, which listed all of Anna Larke’s previous sexual partners and the acts she had performed with them in graphic detail.
Mr Shaw put it to Collins that it was his idea to write the pad, which is “95 per cent” in his handwriting.
But Collins said he merely took dictation from Miss Larke as part of a “therapeutic” and “cathartic” exercise.
But Mr Shaw asked Collins over several references to anal sex in the pad and in a text message he sent Miss Larke after they had split up, and suggested he was “obsessed”.
But Collins replied: “If the issue was sex I would have left in December 2010 before we moved in together.”
Collins said his interest in Miss Larke’s previous sexual liaisons was based on concern for his health, and whether he might catch AIDS.
Then Mr Shaw said to Collins: “You had a problem with race didn’t you?”
The accusation was in reference to language Collins used in relation to Miss Larke’s previous sexual partners, which highlighted their different ethnicities.
He was also said to have used racist language about a man Miss Larke had sex with on a train.
Collins insisted he was not a racist.
“If I was a racist, the language that I was using [in the recordings] would be far more colourful and more explicit.
“If I was a racist, which I am not.”
Collins also denied hitting Miss Larke and forcing her to close Twitter, Facebook and email accounts.
After the break-up the Bristol-born comedian said how Miss Larke had ‘harassed’ him as she “bombarded” him with 103 text messages in a single day, July 21 last year.
Asked about why, despite all his concerns about Miss Larke he embarked on a relationship with and moved in with her, he said: “I was interested in Anna because I thought she loved me and she was crazy about me, but it turns out only the second part of that was true.”
The trial continues.