Petition against Justin Lee Collins appearing in Big Brother reaches 2,000 signatures
A PETITION launched by the family of Justin Lee Collins' ex-girlfriend after rumours that the Bristolian could be due to appear in Celebrity Big Brother has reached 2,00 signatures.
The e-petition calls on Channel 5 to drop any plans it might have to put Collins into the house after he was found guilty of harassing his ex-girlfriend Anna Larke.
Collins, who lived with Ms Larke in London after separating from his wife in Clifton, was recently 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.
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Video games public relations worker Ms Larke, 38, claimed Collins subjected her to various levels of emotional and domestic abuse.
Collins, who now lives in Kew, south-west London, made a name for himself with Channel 4's The Friday Night Project. He denied the charge of harassment and said recovering alcoholic Ms Larke, who moved in with him in January 2011, was "obsessive, jealous and possessive".
Rumours are now circulating that the comic is being pursued to appear in Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother, due to air in January.
The petition, which is believed to have been set up by Ms Larke's brother Alex and addressed to Channel 5, says: "Withdraw offer for Justin Lee Collins to appear to Celebrity Big Brother".
Mr Larke also wrote: "Justin Lee Collins is a convicted domestic abuser who put my sister through a sustained campaign of emotional abuse.
"It's disgusting that Channel 5 have selected him."
Anna Larke has signed the petition and left a post on the petition saying: "His sustained emotional, mental, verbal abuse broke me.
"My treasured family and friends have been through hell.
"Yes he was convicted. But what message are Channel 5 giving?
"That domestic violence isn't that bad and it's probably women being silly?
"I need women and men who have been abused to feel they can come forward about the abuse they are receiving.
"Not have them see this kind of a crime so trivialised that a convicted perpetrator is asked to appear on a show."
Other people have also signed the petition, offering their support to the move by the Larke family.
Channel 5 has not yet officially confirmed who will be appearing on the show, but there have been reports that he is one of the celebrity contestants.
No one from Channel 5 was available for comment.