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Justin Lee Collins found guilty

The television presenter Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of harassing his former partner, Anna Larke. He has been sentenced to 140 hours community service within the next 18 months and ordered to pay £3,500 in prosecution costs.

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Collins used ex-girlfriend's past as 'rock'

Television presenter Justin Lee Collins used details of his ex-girlfriend's sexual past as a "rock" with which to harm her, a court heard.

Collins, 38, had a seven-month relationship with video games public relations worker Anna Larke, who is accusing him of harassment.

The Crown alleges that the Collins was a controlling, sexually jealous boyfriend who made Ms Larke write down every sexual encounter she ever had. Collins says the list was Ms Larke's idea to "unburden" herself.

Justin Lee Collins, arrives at St Albans Crown Court in St Albans Hertfordshire. Credit: PA Wire

But prosecuting barrister Peter Shaw told the jury: "Why would a woman choose to do such a thing? You can see the level of detail in that book.

"Is it plausible that what he says, this was therapeutic, cathartic? It is not, the Crown say."

He added: "It was to haunt Anna Larke because despite this defendant's assurances about what a good thing it would be to do, he used it as a rock against which any self esteem she did have would be dashed."

Collins denies harassment.

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