Petition launched to stop Justin Lee Collins appearing in Celebrity Big Brother
A petition has been launched by the family of Justin Lee Collins' ex-girlfriend after rumours that the Bristolian comedian could be appearing in Celebrity Big Brother as a housemate.
The petition - apparently set up by the family of Anna Larke - currently has 700 supporters.
At St Albans Crown Court in October Collins – who denied the charges – was found guilty of harassing Miss Larke, 38, after a ten-day trial.
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 petition, addressed to Channel 5, says: "Withdraw offer for Justin Lee Collins to appear to Celebrity Big Brother."
Channel 5 has not yet officially confirmed who will be appearing on the show, but there have been reports that Collins is one of the celebrity contestants.
The BBC reports that Miss Larke said she was shocked that, just two months on, Collins could "make a comeback" on the reality show.
"The whole idea is just tacky and irreverent," she told the BBC.
"I don't think he should go on the show and be given the chance to talk about what happened - it's wrong.
"People who have read about his abuse won't believe they are seeing him on TV - but it will get people watching.
"He's got that massive forum in front of millions of people."
She said she decided with her brother, Alex, to start a petition.