I DID HIT MY GIRL­FRIEND Telly comic Justin Lee Collins tells court that he was try­ing to help her

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By LUCY CROSSLEY

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’

his ex

TAPPED: Collins hit ex Anna

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