The ex-girlfriend of comedian and TV presenter Justin Lee Collins was on the verge of tears today as she said she had put up with the abusive relationship because he was the love of her life.
Anna Larke, 38, told a jury at St Albans Crown Court that she had not shown her doctor her bruises because she did not want to get Collins into trouble.
"I didn't want to do it to Justin. He was the love of my life," she said.
Collins, from Kew, south west London, is accused of harassing and assaulting Miss Larke during their nine-month relationship last year.
Speaking from behind a screen at the court, the recovering alcoholic described being terrified about Collins returning from a trip to Las Vegas because she had failed to go to one of two AA meetings which she had told him she would attend.