Justin Lee Collins: 'I walked out on my family for no good reason'
PUBLISHED: 15:06 04 October 2012
TV comic Justin Lee Collins has said walking out on his family for ex girlfriend Anna Larke is "a burden I'll carry for the rest of my life".
The former Friday Night Project host was giving evidence during his trial at St Albans Crown Court, where he is accused of harassing former lover Miss Larke, who is from WGC.
For the second day in a row, he came under tough cross examination from prosecutor Peter Shaw, who accused Collins of “sexual jealousy” towards other men that Miss Larke noticed.
A transcript of a secret recording made by Miss Larke during an argument the couple had in a pub last year was read out in court,
In it, a foul-mouthed Collins chastises Miss Larke for comparing their relationship to that of a younger couple, calling her a “whore” and a “slag”.
He also says Miss Larke brought out “the ******* demon” in him.
Mr Shaw said Collins’ choice of words were sexually charged, but Collins denied that was his intention.
“They are awful, awful insults, just about the worst things a man can say to a woman,” said Collins.
Addressing Mr Shaw, he added: “I can hear what you’re saying sir, but it isn’t about sex. I’m using incredibly hurtful words.”
Once again, Collins described himself as “a man at breaking point” and “in the middle of a meltdown” towards the end of his relationship with Miss Larke, who he describes as alcoholic.
Collins also said the recordings were “tainted” by the fact Miss Larke knew she was taping the rows, and was deliberately inciting him.
“This exchange seems to be very one-sided and very controlled on Anna’s part,” said Collins.
“That’s because Anna’s aware she is secretly recording me. Anna Larke is secretly, deviously recording me. She is winding me up and letting me go.”
Extracts of text message conversations between Collins and Ms Larke were also read out.
In one particular exchange, Miss Larke levels a series of accusations against Collins, claiming to have been hit, bruised, slapped and had her hair pulled by him.
Collins admitted to slapping Miss Larke on the cheek twice, “to stop her from hurting herself”, but denies all other claims.
In another, Mr Shaw asked Collins to clarify a text he had sent Miss Larke, to which Collins replied: “I needed her to understand what she [Miss Larke] never could – that I walked out on a young family for no good reason.
“That’s a burden I’ll carry for the rest of my life, that I walked out on two young children.”
The trial continues.