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Ex: Lee-Collins Gave Me 'Hundreds Of Bruises'
The television presenter and comedian Justin Lee Collins has been described as "jealous, obsessive and calculating".
The claim was made by his ex-girlfriend Anna Larke when she was giving evidence at St Alban's Crown Court against her former partner.
She claimed 38-year-old Collins had given her "hundreds" of bruises.
Ms Larke, a 38-year-old public relations professional, described to the court how Collins had pushed her into the path of an oncoming vehicle when on a night out with TV presenter Alan Carr.
"I was with him and Alan Carr. Justin shoved me in the back and pushed me into the traffic. He was drunk. I was lucky a man stepped in to save me."
When asked why she did not leave him, she replied: "I didn't want to do it to Justin. He was the love of my life."
The couple began their relationship in 2010 after Collins' marriage broke down. Ms Larke helped him leave Bristol and move to Kew, west London.
She denied being a "fantasist" but admitted she had a fear of being dumped by Collins. When asked by defence QC Sonia Woodley if Collins took her to expensive restaurants, Ms Larke replied: "Yes. But that doesn't justify him hitting me."
The court was shown photographs taken while the pair were on holiday in Miami. They were shown what were alleged to be bruises on Ms Larke's arm inflicted by Collins. She said: "He's given me hundreds of bruises."
Ms Larke admitted it was "a possibility" she had sent her boyfriend a message early on their relationship suggesting she had a past he did not know about. It said: "You should dump me. There are things you don't know about me."
Asked if she had a drug problem, Ms Larke replied: "I'm not a coke head. I might've taken a line of coke."
The court has been told Collins interrogated Ms Larke to learn as much as he could about her past. It was claimed he wanted to know everything about her former boyfriends, lovers and sexual experiences.
Ms Larke claimed Collins justified it by saying: "Because I'm famous I don't want anything coming out in the papers about my girlfriend that I don't know about."
Ms Larke claims this was because Collins wanted "ultimate control" over her.
Collins denies the charge of putting a person in fear of violence by harrassment.
The trial continues.
what do you think?
Why did she not just walk the first time second time or third time or was it all about the money . never understand how any woman would stop with an abusive man
Where love is concerned, sense goes out of the window - for men and for women. As it starts, you are shocked, trying to understand it and then you get used to it as it oscillates between hate and love until eventually it becomes all hate.
I hate to sound like the token suspicious person, but I have to say that this seems like she's a bit of a drama queen. Is it possible that perhaps she has made all of this up? She said earlier that she'd considered going to Max Clifford, which suggests a bit of publicity hunting, and admits that she implied deliberately that she had a past. What if he decided that she was a liability and finished things with her, and this is her revenge? Please don't misinterpret what I'm saying, I have my own reasons for loathing perpetrators of domestic abuse, but she seems a little too happy to be photographed.
I realise, by the way, that I did say earlier that some people do very strange things to control their partners and families, and I stand by that. And I'm no detective of course, this is just me reading more about this story and feeling a bit more uncomfortable with her story. And the...'I'm not a cokehead...I might have had a line...' Might have?
You're not suspicious, just open minded Emma. A previous article on this story one person mearly suggested it sounds a bit odd.. And he was voted down heavily. So for most people - if they read or hear something or indeed anything. They believe it all...