The rumours have already started for the 2013 series of Celebrity Big Brother.
So who do we think will end up in the house of horror this time around? It feels almost certain that X Factor reject and all round celebrity wannabe Rylan will make an appearance but according to STV, he also wants to be selected to take part in the X Factor tour, which would stop him going on the reality TV show.
He’ll be pretty sad, then, if the other rumour is true and his buddy Katie Price takes up the offer. The former glamour model, who is certainly no stranger to the world of reality TV, is also rumoured to have an offer on the table, as is the former Steps singer Claire Richards. So far, so hellish, right? Other celebs rumoured to have been asked to join the house include Bruce Jones, aka Les Battersby from Coronation Street and the MP Nadine Dorries. Sure though… SURELY Dorries has more sense than to go on yet another reality show so soon? Or will the lure of ‘fame’ (and fortune) prove too much for ego to turn down?
Justin Lee Collins is reportedly “mulling over” the offer to appear in the Celebrity Big Brotherhouse. Let’s face it, it’s probably the only offer of work that he’s likely to get after he was found guilty of harassing his ex-girlfriend Anna Lark last month. Anti-abuse campaigners will undoubtedly recoil in horror at the news, which could see Collins being paid £100,000 for an appearance on the reality TV show.
Admittedly, a stint in the Big Brother house has ruined as many careers as it has saved and JLC would have to sustain a pretty angelic presence in order to overturn people’s opinions of him, after his recent conviction but even so, it hardly seems fair that Collins would land a life-changing sum of money for the opportunity to redeem himself, whilst his former partner will be dealing with the aftermath of her relationship with him. The Mirror quotes a Channel 5 source as saying “He has done wrong but he has done his community service and going on the show could be the break he needs. People will be able to see him 24/7 and see what he is really like and then make up their minds if he has changed.”
Collins was sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work, as punishment for the abuse to which he subjected Anna Lark.
After a lengthy 10 day trial, Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of harassing his ex-girlfriend Anna Larke, having pleaded not-guilty to the charge of “putting a person in fear of violence by harassment.” The judge sentenced him to 140 hours of community service, saying that it will be 'humbling work', reports Sky News. The judge also said to Collins: “You've had a successful career and led, up to this time, a decent life. It would have been very much to your credit if you had had the courage to admit your violence against Ms Larke and for that you will pay the price."
The court heard how Collins stopped Ms Larke using social networking sites, forced her to stay awake until he went to sleep, sleep facing him, he made her write down the details of her sexual history and as the Telegraph reports, “constantly ridiculed her about her weight and compared her unfavourably with women he read about in men's magazines.” Perhaps most disturbingly, Larke accused Collins of making death threats against her, pushing her in front of a car, and attacking her physically while on holiday in Miami and New York.
In a turn of events, that Collins did perhaps not expect, the jury were played a tape of a recording that Larke made secretly of an argument of theirs in which Collins' language was both abuse and racist.
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Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of harassing his former partner Anna Larke. During their seven-month relationship, the jury heard, the TV presenter subjected the PR worker to “sustained emotional and domestic abuse,” The Telegraph reports. He is said to have insisted that Anna recount her sexual history to him, whilst he wrote it all down in a notepad and also forced her to sleep facing him. He is also accused of pushing her in front of a moving car whilst he was drunk, on a night out.
Collins appeared in court to hear the verdict, wearing a black blazer, shirt and jeans. He showed no emotion when the guilty verdict was read out. Although Collins had denied most of the claims made against him, he was unable to deny the content of a recording that Larke had made of him insulting her. In the recording, he could be heard calling her “f****** slag", a "dirty vile whore", and a "f****** sex addict.” In his defence, he said that the recording showed him at his worst but said that he had never attacked her in any way and had never hit anyone in his life. He did however, say that he had slapped her, but said that it was to “calm her down” when she was self-harming.
Justin Lee Collins has now been sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work within the next 18 months and has been ordered to pay £3,500 in prosecution costs. One juror was discharged yesterday. The remaining 11 took a further 3 hours and 46 minutes to arrive at their majority verdict.
After 10 days at St Albans Crown Court, the jury presiding over Justin Lee Collins’trail have retired to consider a verdict.
The trail began after allegations that Collins subjected his former girlfriend Anna Larke to domestic and emotional abuse emerged, with Larke claiming that Collins made her write down all her previous sexual encounters in a notepad as well as subjecting her to other emotional trauma. Collins has countered the claims of harassment, saying that Larke was obsessive, jealous and possessive during their relationship and she would send him a “barrage” of text messages wanting to know exactly where he was and who he was with. He also denies any claims that he attacked her in any way.
Collins and Larke began their affair in 2007 when Collins was still married to the mother of his two children Karen, with the affair lasting until 2008 when they split. The pair then resumed their relationship in 2010 after his ex-wife filed for divorce from him, with the two eventually moving in together from January to July last year. Apparently their time living together was deeply troubled as Larke was a recovering alcoholic at the time, the court has heard.
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TV Funny man Justin Lee Collins, had threatened to jump off a bridge after some personal problems involving an ex girlfriend and an email came to the surface, reports The Scottish Daily Record.
The problems started when his current wife found an email from his ex-girlfriend, Anna Larke. “Karen had confronted me with the email and said, ‘What’s this?’ We had an emotional discussion. Both of us were very upset.” It wasn’t until the 38-year old was standing at the bridge, that he phoned his wife to say: “I’m standing right next to Clifton Suspension Bridge and feel like throwing myself off. I think it’s best we stop seeing each other.” Collins also told the court: “I had no intention of doing it, I was trying to impress a point that this was a really stressful situation.” Karen, his wife, found the email in December 2010 and their marriage collapsed after he spent Christmas at home for the sake of sons Archie and Harvey, now aged seven and four.
Asked if he tore her clothes, he said: “I recall a vest top she wore for bed was slightly torn once in an episode of love play.” He also denied calling Anna a “fat f***ing dog”. Collins added: “Anna would say things like, ‘Why don’t you go back to your fat wife?’ I ignored it but, on one occasion, I recall I did say back, ‘Or I can just stay here with my fat girlfriend’.”
Justin Lee Collins has explained to a court that he once threatened to throw himself off of Clifton Suspension Bridge, if his ex-girlfriend Anna Larke did not end their relationship. Currently, Collins is defending himself against Larke’s allegations that he sustained a prolonged period of abuse against her whilst they were in a relationship together.
The latest developments in the trial reveal that Justin Lee Collins threatened to commit suicide by throwing himself off of Bristol’s iconic bridge. This incident allegedly happened when Collins’ former wife discovered emails that had been sent between him & Anna, whilst he was still married. He left the house and called Anna from a park close to the bridge. According to The Telegraph, he told her that he “needed to end their relationship to deal with the fallout from his marriage ending.” Justin told the court “She didn't want to hear that I was trying to end it, it wasn't what Anna wanted to hear," he said. “I said 'look I'm standing right next to Clifton suspension bridge and I feel like throwing myself off it.’ I didn't do it, I had no intention of doing so, I was trying to impress a point that this was a really emotional and stressful situation."
Collins also revealed that he was unaware of the extent of Miss Larke’s alcohol dependency issues when he started dating her. The part of the trial that grabbed the media’s attention was the allegation that he forced her to recount her sexual history, in detail, which he wrote down in a Pukka notebook. Collins insists that the revelations were made at her own insistence and that he had written the details down on a Pukka pad, with the intention of burning it when they were done. However, Miss Larke ended up keeping the notepad on a shelf in their bedroom.” The trial continues.
Justin Lee Collins is today at St Albans Crown Court defending himself in a trial, having been accused of domestic and emotional abuse by his ex-girlfriend Anna Larke. Transcripts of interviews he had with police are being read out in court.
The two testimonies of Collins and Larke are entirely contrasting, and Collins denies all allegations, saying "I have never hit anyone in my life." However, this seems somewhat confused with his admission that, as The Independent reports, "he had only ever slapped Ms Larke to calm her down when she was self-harming".
Ms Larke's mother's testimony yesterday fully supports Ms Larke's claims of emotional and physical abuse which included detail of his alleged request that Ms Larke write down her entire sexual history. Today, Collins refutes these comments claiming that this was her idea and that he feared for his own health. He claimed that she "arranged to meet people on the net for sex in hotels". Regardless of whether Larke or Collins is telling the truth, it is clear that their relationship was tumultuous throughout.
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Justin Lee Collins “abused” his ex-girlfriend Anna Larke’s cat, a jury at St Albans Crown Court heard this week. The comedian and television presenter is accused of a wave of domestic abuse against his ex-partner, reports the Daily Mirror.
The jury of nine women and three men heard that the 38-year-old bought Ms Larke gifts including diamond earrings and a digital camera because he hit her cat. She explained, “He also abused my cat - animal abuser as well. I think he felt very guilty about that which is why he furnished me gifts.” In another example of Collins’ alleged behavior, Larke says he shouted at her and tore up a $20 bill when she refused to have a lap dance. She was said she was left terrified about Collins’ returning from a trip to Las Vegas because she had failed to attend one of two AA meetings which she had told him she would attend, saying, “I remember his ringing me and shouting abuse down the phone to me. I was petrified about him coming back. Absolutely petrified.”
Larke had already told the court how Justin pushed her in front of traffic during a night-out with fellow comedian Alan Carr.
Justin Lee Collins’ court case into alleged domestic abuse got off to an explosive start in St Albans this week. The former presenter of ‘The Friday Night Project’ is accused of a campaign of domestic abuse against his ex-girlfriend Anna Larke, as well as assault.
According to The Sun, the court heard how Collins became “insistent” that his girlfriend “sleep facing towards him” and would wake her in the dead of night and “criticise” her if she had turned away. A jury of nine women and three men heard that Collins also forced Larke, 38, to shut down her social media accounts after reading her messages, while also “verbally abusing her and physically assaulting her.” Perhaps most shockingly, the former Channel 4 star compiled a sexual dossier of sorts in a ‘Pukka Pad’ notepad, listing every sexual experience that Larke had with previous partners. Prosecutor Peter Shaw said, “He would ask her questions and then write it down,” adding, “He would call her a slag and a filthy whore and similar derogatory terms…He once told her she was riddled with STDs.” Other accusations levelled against Collins include throwing a satellite navigation device at Ms Larke and pulling her hair. An audio clip was played in court in which Collins was heard to have become irate at is partner after the pair had returned from the pub. The presenter yells, “When you’re f****** with me, you look at the f****** ground, you look at a tree, you look at a bench, you look at any f****** inanimate object, you do not look at any other f****** human being”.
Collins denies a single count of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment. He told detectives investigating the case that Ms Larke was the possessive one in the relationship.