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Justin Lee Collins leaves St Albans Crown Court in Hertfordshire, where he faced trial accused of harassing former girlfriend Anna Larke. Photo: PA

Justin Lee Collins leaves St Albans Crown Court in Hertfordshire, where he faced trial accused of harassing former girlfriend Anna Larke. Photo: PA

Justin Lee Collins arrives at St Albans Crown Court in Hertfordshire, where he faced trial accused of harassing former girlfriend Anna Larke. Photo: PA

Justin Lee Collins arrives at St Albans Crown Court in Hertfordshire, where he faced trial accused of harassing former girlfriend Anna Larke. Photo: PA

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Justin Lee Collins leaves St Albans Crown Court in Hertfordshire, where he faced trial accused of harassing former girlfriend Anna Larke. Photo: PA

THE ex-girlfriend of TV funnyman Justin Lee Collins today claimed he tried to push her in front of a cab on a night out with fellow comic Alan Carr.

Anna Larke, 38, said the incident occurred on a boozy night with the pair who hosted comedy show The Friday Night Project.



Recovering alcoholic Larke, who has also suffered from depression, was accused of trying to kill herself on three occasions.



Collins, 38, is alleged to have carried out a nine month campaign of domestic abuse in which he repeatedly beat Larke, ordered her to write down details of all her previous sexual encounters, forced her to only sleep facing him and threw away her collection of DVDs because he was jealous of the stars.



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



Miss Larke replied: "No. He [Collins] tried to push me in front of a car when he was drunk out of his head.



"I was with him and Alan Carr. We were walking down the street and he was shoving me and pushed 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 can he?"



"He was drunk too, but yes. I stayed at his house that night. It was quite an evening," Miss Larke replied.



The former PR was also accused of trying to commit suicide on two other occasions.



Collins barrister told jurors Miss Larke's mum and friend once caught her with a knife trying to harm herself and another time she fashioned a noose, put it round her neck and tied it to a banister.



But Miss Larke described how she was forced to compile the grubby dossier of her entire sexual history and claims she fabricated the truth to stop him asking her questions about her past.



She said: "He asked me what the worst thing I'd ever done was and I did tell him I'd tried to commit suicide. I told him to stop him from asking me things and writing them down in that Pukka Pad."



Miss Larke told a court Collins 'drove her insane' and said every time he came home she would be 'bricking it' as she did not know what he would do next.



"I kept my temper right down because I was scared of what he would do. He was paranoid. He was very secretive and when I would ask him things he would say, never you mind.



"I would placate him, I kissed his arse. I would be walking on eggshells," she said.



Collins, of Kew, south west London, denies a single charge of harassment by causing Larke fear of violence.



The case continues.