Justin Lee Collins made me feel worthless, says ex Anna Larke
THE ex-girlfriend of TV star Justin Lee Collins has spoken of her 'life of hell' with the comedian.
Anna Larke, speaking for the first time about her relationship with Collins said he 'controlled everything' about her life in an interview with the Daily Mirror.
She claims Collins, a former Speedwell School pupil, told her what to wear and how to have her hair and left her feeling 'utterly worthless'.
Collins – who denied the charges – was found guilty of harassing Miss Larke, 38, earlier this month after a ten-day trial at St Albans Crown Court.
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She told the Mirror: "He stopped me talking to my old friends and family, he bought my clothes, told me what to wear, how to have my hair.
"I wasn't allowed to have an opinion or do anything he wasn't happy about. And the merest thing I did could upset him and then he would go into rages."
Ms Larke also spoke about Collins's jealous streak.
"I wasn't allowed to even look at another man in the street. He called me a slut, a whore, a fat slag, a dog.
"Anything to make me feel bad about myself and it worked. I felt worthless."
Ms Larke said at first Collins was the perfect boyfriend and the relationship was everything she had ever dreamed about. But she said that the dream was soon to become a nightmare when, within a couple of weeks, she had to make a record of each man she had been intimate with.
She claimed the notepad was stashed in a wardrobe where Collins would often refer back to it.
Collins also started to control how Anna dressed.
She says: "He wouldn't let me wear flat shoes and said women should wear heels and he didn't like the clothes I wore so he'd take me shopping and buy me loads of things.
"He bought me one pair of amazing Alexander McQueen shoes but when I put them on he said I walked like a transvestite.
"In the evenings if we were going out he'd go to the Starbucks at the end of our road and wait for me.
"As I walked towards him he'd be sitting with his arms folded looking me up and down.
"If he didn't like the way I looked, he'd say, 'No, don't like it. Go back and change'. And I would.
"He said he didn't like the way I talked and he was always calling me fat. He even didn't like some of the words I used."
Collins, who lived with Ms Larke in London after separating from his wife in Clifton, was sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work.
During his ten-day trial the court heard details of the couple's tempestuous relationship in which they frequently fell out and argued.
Video games public relations worker Ms Larke, 38, claimed Collins subjected her to various levels of emotional and domestic abuse.
She alleged that Collins, also 38, made her write down in a Pukka pad all her previous sexual encounters, regardless of how graphic.
Collins, of Kew, south-west London, who made a name for himself with Channel 4's The Friday Night Project, denied the charge of harassment and said recovering alcoholic Ms Larke, who moved in with him in January 2011, was obsessive, jealous and possessive and would send him a "barrage" of text messages wanting to know where he was and who he was with.
The pair met at a corporate event in 2006 and began an affair in 2007 to 2008 before splitting up. The relationship resumed at the end of 2010 after the defendant's marriage to his wife, Karen, broke down.
Collins and Ms Larke lived together from January to July last year. In her interview with the Mirror, Ms Larke said Collins cut her off from her friends and family.
Collins is not appealing against his conviction for harassing his ex-girlfriend – but has refused to accept he is "violent or an abuser".
In a statement Collins 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 reiterate 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."