Justin Lee Collins trial: accuser denies trying to blackmail star for £20,000

PUBLISHED: 14:02 01 October 2012 | UPDATED: 17:00 01 October 2012

Justin Lee Collins leaves court earlier today (Monday)

Justin Lee Collins leaves court earlier today (Monday)


JUSTIN Lee Collins’ accuser Anna Larke has today (Monday) denied trying to blackmail the comic for £20,000.

Under cross examination at St Albans Crown Court Sonia Woodley QC, acting for Collins, asked Miss Larke, of Welwyn Garden City, whether she had demanded: “Give me £20,000 or I’m going to the police”.

To which Miss Larke replied: “No, no, no.

“Oh my god, that’s absolute lies.

“I would never say that.”

Miss Larke alleges Collins threatened and attacked her while they were in a relationship, a charge he denies.

Ms Woodley said Collins, of Kew west London, then told her: “I’ve offered you all kinds of help but I’m not getting into blackmail.”

Ms Woodley also brought up Miss Larke’s threat to go to [celebrity publicist] Max Clifford again and said to her: “That’s what you said to the officer.”

Miss Larke said: “I’m not sure what I was thinking when I said that.”

It also emerged that following the couple’s break-up Miss Larke sent 38-year-old Collins 103 text messages in one day, July 21 last year, while he was broadcasting on radio station XFM.

The couple split up on July 4.

Cards were also sent by Miss Larke where she wrote of her love, gratitude and adoration for the Bristolian former Friday Night Project host.

Miss Larke’s parents also took the stand, with her father Jeremy Larke saying his daughter appeared to be “on eggshells” and “nervous” during her relationship with Collins.

Under questioning it emerged that Mr Larke spoke to his daughter’s GP twice about his concerns over her alcoholism.

And he said he’d noticed “reddish” bruising on his daughter’s arms and marks on her face, but that she had been “evasive” when he asked how the injuries happened.

He said his daughter was “irrational” and “torn apart” after her love split from Collins.

Asked by the prosecution if he believed his daughter to be volatile, Mr Larke said: “No, there were ups and downs.”

Miss Larke’s mother Penelope told the court how Collins had allegedly called her daughter “all the names under the sun”.

And Mrs Larke said she warned her daughter: “Well it’s not a very healthy relationship.”

The trial continues.

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