I DID HIT MY GIRLFRIEND Telly comic Justin Lee Collins tells court that he was trying to help her
THE weathermen reckon we’ve got even more wind and rain headed our way.
I can’t believe it –I want some bloody sunshine! It puts a smile on everyone’s face and it’s a great excuse to throw on my shortest shorts!
Now the forecasts are talking about frost! Hats and gloves it is then! Mind you, it’s great when you get home and strip off in front of the fire – or is that just me?! TV presenter Justin Lee Collins admitted he hit his ex-girlfriend – but only to stop her self-harming, a court heard.
He also told police that his former partner was a “sexual creature” and it was a “release” when she ended their relationship.
The 38-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assaulting Anna Larke around 13 weeks after their relationship ended last year.
When quizzed by police the long-haired comic told how Miss Larke resented him after he made her take a test for venereal disease, and how he had spent around £25,000 on her during the course of their relationship, the court heard.
He said he had been “expecting” the arrest, as Miss Larke had threatened to call police unless he gave her another £20,000 pounds.
The prosecutor, read transcripts of Collins’ police interviews to the jury sitting at St Alban’s Crown Court, Herts.
In them, Collins said: “She’s a very sexual creature.”
He said that he had wanted a list of her past sexual partners because he was concerned about her “colourful history”, and the fact that she might have contracted a sexually transmitted disease.
“There was lying about sexual history,” he said. “My main concern was my health.”
When he moved into a flat in Kew, west London, Miss Larke had moved in with him – but Collins told police he then began to realise that she was living with problems, including depression and alcoholism.
Collins told police Collins admitted that he had gently hit Miss Larke in the face, but only when she was selfharming, and an in attempt to stop her.
He said: “I’ve gently tapped her on two occasions to stop her from self-harming, no more than that.”
Collins denies a single charge of harassment by causing fear of violence. The trial continues.
GENTLE: Collins said he merely ‘tapped’
TAPPED: Collins hit ex Anna