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Jury out in TV star Collins abuse trial

A JURY was today continuing deliberations in the trial of television presenter Justin Lee Collins, who is accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend.

The panel of nine women and three men were unable to reach a verdict on Saturday after being sent out by the judge and will return to St Albans Crown Court today.

Collins denies harassing his former partner Anna Larke.

During his 10-day trial the court heard details of the couple's tempestuous relationship.

Video games public relations worker Ms Larke (38) claimed Collins subjected her to various levels of emotional and domestic abuse.


She alleged the comic made her write down in a notepad all her previous sexual encounters regardless of how graphic the descriptions were.

The court heard he did not want to write the details down but Ms Larke dictated them to him and he believed it may have been a form of catharsis for her.

Collins (38), 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 was obsessive, jealous and possessive.

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, the mother of his sons Archie (7) and Harvey (4), broke down.

Collins is accused of making her come off social networking websites, sleep facing him and throw away DVDs featuring actors she found attractive.

He denied all those claims and also denied making death threats against her. The jury was to return at 10am to continue its deliberations.