Justin Lee Collins will not appeal against harassment conviction
PUBLISHED: 09:59 11 October 2012
JUSTIN Lee Collins has confirmed that he will not appeal against his conviction for harassing Welwyn Garden City woman Anna Larke.
The Bristol-born comic, famed for ‘The Friday Night Project’ and other shows like ‘Bring Back The A Team’, was convicted on Tuesday of causing fear of violence to ex-girlfriend Miss Larke.
But, despite choosing not to challenge the verdict, which was delivered after 12 hours of deliberation, Collins, of Kew south west London, said he will “never accept” that he is violent.
He also reacted to pictures which showed him laughing hysterically at St Albans railway station shortly after his conviction.
He said: “The pictures that have been released of me laughing are in no way a reflection of my current mood.
“I deeply regret the distress and anguish I have caused by my behaviour in what was a very troubled and difficult relationship with Anna Larke.
“After careful reflection in the last 24 hours I have decided not to proceed with an appeal against my conviction.
“I would like to re-iterate what I made clear in court, that I have never used or threatened violence against Anna Larke or anybody in my life.”
He added: “I accept that the jury have found elements of my conduct amounted to harassment which I apologise for unreservedly, but I will never accept the allegation that I am violent or an abuser.”