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Justin Lee Collins hit girlfriend 'to calm her down'

Published 03/10/2012 | 09:44

Comedian Justin Lee Collins
Comedian Justin Lee Collins

The comedian Justin Lee Collins has admitted that he slapped his girlfriend, but said he only did it to calm her down, a court heard.

Mr Collins, 38, of Kew in south-west London, denies a charge of harassing Anna Larke during their nine-month relationship.

Police interviews he gave after his arrest were read to the jury at St Albans Crown Court yesterday.

Ms Larke has claimed Mr Collins attacked her in a Miami hotel in March 2011.

But Mr Collins said he only ever slapped her when she was self-harming. He claimed she had once gouged her wrists and threatened to commit suicide.

Mr Collins said she had a "screaming fit" in the hotel. "She would have episodes and I would try to calm her down," he said. The trial continues.

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