Justin Lee Collins found guilty of harassing former partner Anna Larke
Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of harassing his former girlfriend Anna Larke.
According to the BBC, a jury came back with their decision today - on the third day of deliberations at St Albans Crown Court.
Collins denied harassing his former partner Anna Larke.
Within minutes of the verdict, Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy had tweeted about it.
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She said she was not surprised about the verdict, based on a phone conversation she had heard Collins having on a train once.
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.