Justin Lee Collins used details of his ex-girlfriend’s sexual past as a ‘rock’ with which to harm her, a court heard.
The TV presenter, 38, had a seven-month relationship with video games public relations worker Anna Larke, who is accusing him of harassment.
Prosecuting barrister Peter Shaw told the jury at St Albans Crown Court, in Hertfordshire, that she was an alcoholic, bankrupt and suffering from depression.
“She’s all of the above, but she’s not a fantasist,” Mr Shaw said in his closing statement. “Does it make somebody with a drink problem – who has that relationship with alcohol – incapable about telling the truth on other matters? The prosecution say no, that would be manifestly ridiculous.”
He continued: “What would cause a woman with a drink problem, living in a nice flat in Richmond with the man she was besotted with, going on international holidays several times a year – holidays that she could ordinarily only dream about, to Miami and New York – having money paid into her account by this defendant, what could cause her to walk out on him? What could it possibly be? She wanted to be treated properly.”
Collins met Ms Larke in 2006 at the Golden Joysticks Awards in London.
The following year they embarked on an affair behind his wife Karen’s back, which lasted until 2008. The pair split up, but resumed their relationship after the star’s marriage broke down in late 2010.
The Crown alleges the star was a controlling, sexually jealous boyfriend who made Ms Larke write down every sexual encounter she ever had. Collins says the sex list was Ms Larke’s idea to ‘unburden’ herself.
But Mr Shaw told the jury: “It was to haunt Anna Larke because despite this defendant’s assurances about what a good thing it would be to do, he used it as a rock against which any self-esteem she did have would be dashed.”
Collins denies harassment.