Comic's ex denies 'fantasist' claim

Justin Lee Collins is accused of harassing former girlfriend Anna Larke

Justin Lee Collins is accused of harassing former girlfriend Anna Larke

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The ex-girlfriend of comedian and TV presenter Justin Lee Collins has been accused of being a fantasist.

Anna Larke claims the 38-year-old, who came to fame with The Friday Night Project, harassed and assaulted her during their nine-month relationship.

But Sonia Woodley QC, defending Collins, accused the recovering alcoholic of being a fantasist.

The court heard how after Miss Larke left the comedian, she bombarded him with texts declaring her love for him and asking him about new girlfriends she had seen him photographed with in newspapers or on websites.

When she was asked why she did not show bruises she claims were inflicted by Collins to her doctor, she said she did not want to get her then boyfriend into trouble. "I didn't want to do it to Justin. He was the love of my life," Miss Larke, also aged 38, told the court.

Under cross-examination on Thursday, Miss Larke admitted Collins, of Kew, south-west London, had given her the password for his email account during their relationship because she had accused him of flirting with other women.

"You were suspicious he might be seeing other people? Were you getting a bit jealous about that?" Ms Woodley asked her. "A bit. There was a slight issue there," Miss Larke, a video games public relations worker, replied.

The court has heard Collins allegedly made Miss Larke close her email, Facebook and Twitter accounts after reading her messages. He is also alleged to have made her throw away DVDs because he feared she found the actors attractive.

In the weeks after she left him she bombarded him with texts. Miss Larke admitted calling him a Z-list celebrity and telling him he was going nowhere in texts. But in another text read out in court she apologised for her behaviour and said: "Ignore all the utter insane s*** I just asked my dad to take me to the emergency doctor because I think I am on the verge of a breakdown." Collins rang Miss Larke's family home where she was staying and spoke to her father.

Collins denies harassing his ex-partner. The case continues.

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