YOU’RE SCREWED! Sex bul­ly­ing con­vic­tion will end Collins’ ca­reer, says Max Clif­ford

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN DUNN

THE con­vic­tion of Justin Lee Collins – found guilty of ha­rass­ing his ex-girl­friend – could be the “kiss of death” to the comic’s ca­reer, pub­li­cist Max Clif­ford has warned.

Collins, 38, sub­jected Anna Larke to sus­tained emo­tional and do­mes­tic abuse dur­ing their seven-month re­la­tion­ship.

He forced the video games PR worker, also 38, to write down in a notepad all her pre­vi­ous sex­ual en­coun­ters re­gard­less of how graphic, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Collins also made her sleep fac­ing him, throw away DVDs be­cause they fea­tured ac­tors she found at­trac­tive and made death threats against her.

Vi­o­lence

Bearded Collins had de­nied a charge of harass­ment but was con­victed by the jury.

Judge John Plum­stead sen­tenced him to carry out 140 hours un­paid work within the next 18 months and or­dered him to pay £3,500 in pros­e­cu­tion costs.

The judge said: “What I’m go­ing to do is or­der you to do a pe­riod of un­paid work as a con­di­tion of a community or­der.

“This will be hum­ble work for some­one who lives a prom­i­nent pub­lic life and is in­tended to make you pause and think about what you have done.

“You had a suc­cess­ful ca­reer and led up un­til this time a de­cent life. It would have been very much to your credit if you had had the courage to ad­mit vi­o­lence against Miss Larke, and you must pay the costs of that.”

Out­side court Mr Clif­ford, who rep­re­sents re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic Miss Larke, said the ver­dict could be “the kiss of death” for Collins, adding: “I think it is go­ing to be very dam­ag­ing for him.

“Peo­ple are go­ing to think long and hard about em­ploy­ing him.”

A spokesman for comic, who made no com­ment as he left court, said: “Justin is ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed by the ver­dict.

“He will now con­sider his po­si­tion with his lawyers.”

DIS­AP­POINTED:

Justin leav­ing court af­ter ver­dict

RE­AC­TION: Clif­ford ( and Anna

Larke

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