Friday 22 November 2019

Drunken comedian pushed girlfriend in front of taxi, court told

Justin Lee Collins is accused of harassing former girlfriend Anna Larke
Justin Lee Collins is accused of harassing former girlfriend Anna Larke

Richard Alleyne London

COMEDIAN Alan Carr saw fellow comic Justin Lee Collins push his ex-girlfriend in front of a taxi during a drunken night out, a court heard yesterday.

Anna Larke (38) who dated Mr Collins for nine months, said he tried to push her "into traffic" at the end of a night out drinking with the two co-hosts of 'The Friday Night Project', a Channel 4 chatshow.

Miss Larke, a PR worker, said she was saved by a passerby who caught her before she fell in front of a cab. Mr Carr, who Miss Larke said saw the incident, could be called as a witness.

Mr Collins, also 38, is accused of assaulting and harassing his girlfriend during their relationship last year.

He is alleged to have carried out a campaign of domestic abuse in which he repeatedly beat Miss Larke and ordered her to give him details of all her previous sexual encounters which were then written in a notebook.

He is also said to have forced her to only sleep facing him and threw away her collection of DVDs because he was jealous of the stars in them.

Sonia Woodley QC, defending Mr Collins, who is on trial at St Albans Crown Court, asked Miss Larke: "You once tried to throw yourself in front of a car, didn't you?"

Abusing

Miss Larke replied: "No. He tried to push me in front of a car when he was drunk.

"I was with him and Alan Carr. We were walking down the street and he was shoving me and pushed me into traffic. He pushed me in front of a car. I was lucky a man who was walking along caught me before I fell in front of the cab."

Miss Woodley asked: "Alan Carr can confirm this?" Miss Larke replied. "He was drunk too, but yes. I stayed at his house that night. It was quite an evening."

Miss Larke, a recovering alcoholic, also accused Mr Collins of abusing her cat and feeling so guilty that he showered her with gifts.

She also claimed he took her to a strip club while on holiday in Miami and asked her to have a lap dance. When she refused he flew into a rage before leaving her to find her way home.

Miss Larke said: "He wanted a lady to give me a lap dance. The whole atmosphere was just horrible. I just wanted to sit there. Then he threw a $20 note at me which ripped as he did it, told me to f*** off and left me to get home in the middle of Miami in a dodgy area."

Mr Collins, of Kew, south-west London, denies the allegations. The case continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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