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Collins's ex-partner speaks of 'emotional bruises'

The former partner of Justin Lee Collins has described the emotional scars caused by his harassment. The ex-girlfriend of Justin Lee Collins has spoken about the trauma she suffered at the hands of the TV star.

Anna Larke says Collins made her change her phone number and told her what she could wear during their seven month relationship.

He was found guilty of harassing her last week. She has said she still has "emotional bruises".

Ronke Phillips reports. You may find some of this report distressing.

Justin Lee Collins's ex-partner Anna Larke speaks out

Justin Lee Collins leaves St Albans Crown Court after being found guilty of harassing his former partner, Anna Larke. Credit: PA

Justin Lee Collins's ex-partner Anna Larke shares her story of harassment at the hands of the comedian. Watch her interview on the Daybreak website.

Justin was found guilty of harrassment at St Albans Crown Court and given a 140-hour community sentence.

During the case, the jury heard how he shouted and swore at her as well as slapping her on the face twice.

Anna now says she wants to give a voice to the thousands of women and men trapped in abusive relationships.


Justin Lee Collins rules out appeal

Justin Lee Collins pictured leaving St Albans Crown Court yesterday. Credit: Chris Radburn, PA.

Justin Lee Collins has ruled out an appeal against his conviction for harassing ex-girlfriend Anna Larke.

The comedian and television presenter from Kew in West London was found guilty of harassment by a jury at St Albans Crown Court yesterday. Afterwards, he was photographed laughing.

Today he denied that the snaps were a reflection of his current mood.

He said: "I deeply regret the distress and anguish I have caused by my behaviour in what was a very troubled and difficult relationship with Anna Larke.

"After careful reflection in the last 24 hours I have decided not to proceed with an appeal against my conviction.

"I would like to re-iterate what I made clear in court, that I have never used or threatened violence against Anna Larke or anybody in my life.

"I accept that the jury have found elements of my conduct amounted to harassment which I apologise for unreservedly, but I will never accept the allegation that I am violent or an abuser."

Justin Lee Collins pulls out of Prince's Trust gala

Justin Lee Collins has pulled out of a gala performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

He had been due to perform at the Prince's Trust "We Are Most Amused" show in at the end of November, with stars such as Rowan Atkinson and Jimmy Carr.

A Prince's Trust spokeswoman said: "Justin Lee Collins has taken the decision not to perform at the charity comedy gala at the Royal Albert Hall this November."

Victim's family release statement following Lee Collins verdict

Ms Larke's family released a statement describing their relief at the verdict.

It said:

"We are absolutely ecstatic with the verdict and are relieved the jury were able to see through the lies of an abuser.

"We will not rest on our laurels in the wake of this good news and intend to go out into the world and use this experience to empower women to stand up to domestic abuse.

"We will also be campaigning to have emotional abuse properly recognised in law and do our utmost to end the much reported culture of celebrities using their positions to abuse people without fear of reprisal."


Jury considers verdict in TV presenter's trial

Justin Lee Collins outside St Albans Crown Court. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The jury in the trial of TV presenter Justin Lee Collins has retired to consider its verdict after a 10 day trial at St Albans Crown Court.

He has been accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend Anna Larke. Collins denies the charge, saying that she was jealous and obsessive.

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