YOU’RE SCREWED! Sex bullying conviction will end Collins’ career, says Max Clifford
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.
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.”
Justin leaving court after verdict
REACTION: Clifford ( and Anna