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Justin Lee Collins found guilty of harassing former partner

9 October 2012 6:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Comedian is sentenced to 140 hours of community service after Anna Larke claims he was emotionally abusive and violent

The television presenter and comedian Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of harassing his former partner, Anna Larke, by a jury at St Albans crown court.

Collins, who made a name for himself as a host on Channel 4's The Friday Night Project, was ordered to do 140 hours community service. He showed no emotion as the majority verdict was returned.

Larke, a public relations worker, claimed during the trial that Collins subjected her to emotional abuse and violence.

She alleged Collins, 38, compelled her to write down in a Pukka pad all her previous sexual encounters in graphic detail.

Larke, also 38, said Collins forced her to quit social networking websites, sleep facing him and throw away DVDs because they featured actors she found attractive.

She alleged Collins physically attacked her while »

- Steven Morris

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Justin Lee Collins tells court: 'I've never hit anyone in my life'

2 October 2012 4:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Comedian and presenter is accused of slapping and harassing his ex-girlfriend during a nine-month relationship

Comedian and television presenter Justin Lee Collins, on trial for domestic and emotional abuse, has told a court that he has never hit anyone in his life.

The 38-year-old is accused of slapping and harassing his ex-girlfriend, Anna Larke, during their nine-month relationship.

Transcripts of police interviews Collins gave after his arrest were read to the jury at St Albans crown court. In them he told officers that Larke, a recovering alcoholic, was possessive and believed he was going to go off with other women.

Larke has claimed Collins attacked her in their Miami hotel room in March 2011.

In court, Collins said he had only ever slapped Larke to calm her down when she was self-harming, which he claimed she did, once gouging her wrists and threatening to commit suicide.

He said that "she had »

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Justin Lee Collins to stand trial over girlfriend harassment charge

2 April 2012 11:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Justin Lee Collins is to go on trial accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend, it has been confirmed. The Friday Night Project presenter and comedian pleaded not guilty to the charge at St Albans Crown Court, meaning he will now face trial on September 24. Collins is accused of causing former girlfriend Anna Larke a "fear of violence" between January 11 and August 1 last year. The 37-year-old was arrested (more) »

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