Justin Lee Collins Appears In Court

TV comic Justin Lee Collins has appeared in court charged with harassing his ex-girlfriend.

The Bristolian comic pleaded not guilty to the charge and asked for the matter to be committed to the crown court, where he will stand trial in front of a jury.

Mr Collins, 33, of South West London, appeared before St Albans Magistrates Court in Hertfordshire on Thursday 22 December 2011.

He faced a charge that between 11 January and 11 July he caused his ex-girlfriend to fear violence would be used against her by course of action in which it is alleged he made threats of violence towards her.

When the charge was put to him, Mr Collins, who was wearing blue jeans and trainers, pleaded not guilty.

Asked by the chairman of the magistrate if he wished the matter to be dealt with in the magistrates court or to go before a jury in the crown court, Mr Collins asked for a crown court trial.

He was told he must attend the magistrates court on the 17 February 2012 for a committal hearing.

He was granted conditional bail and told he must not contact his ex-girlfriend or other prosecution witnesses.

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