Justin Lee Collins apologises for 'disgusting behaviour'
- Bang Showbiz
- 2 March 2014
Justin Lee Collins has spoken out for the first time since being convicted of harassing his ex-girlfirend Anna Larke and says he regrets his "disgusting behaviour"
Justin Lee Collins has apologised for his "disgusting behaviour" towards ex-girlfriend Anna Larke.
The 39-year-old former TV personality was convicted of harassing his ex-girlfriend and sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work 17 months ago after a court was played a recording on an argument between the pair in which he refers to Anna as a "f*****g slag" and "dirty, vile whore", and he's now spoken out to take responsibility for his actions.
He said: "I will regret what I said for the rest of my life. It was irrational, bizarre and disgusting. I've tried to make sense of it but I can't.
"I am entirely to blame for the awful things that came out of my mouth during that argument. But at that point in my life I was a troubled soul."
Justin - who rose to fame as the host of Channel 4's 'Friday Night Project' alongside Alan Carr - was working on the west end show 'Rock of Ages' at the time of his arrest and he claims it felt "surreal" when he appeared in court.
He told The Sun newspaper: "I couldn't believe what was happening. Even when I was in the dock, it didn't feel like it was me on trial. It was surreal. I was thinking, 'How have I got here?'"
Speaking about his arguments with PR worker Anna, he added: "It was an absolute car crash of a relationship. Some of the arguments were deeply personal, embarrassing and mortifying to relive.
"To have my mum read about all these things was terrible."
Although Justin hasn't worked in TV since the trial, he claims he's still friends with Alan Carr and former Radio 1 DJ Chris Evans and he's now "in a relationship and really happy."