Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Jury out again in Travis sex trial

DJ Dave Lee Travis is accused of 13 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault

Jurors in the trial of DJ Dave Lee Travis have spent a third day of deliberations on their verdicts.

The former Top Of The Pops presenter is charged with indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another in alleged incidents dating back to 1976 and the height of his fame.

The four-week trial at London's Southwark Crown Court has heard Travis, 68, was an "opportunist" who assaulted "vulnerable" young woman while working as a disc jockey, acting in pantomimes and even at the opening of a hospital radio station.

Travis is accused of groping a teenager in his Radio 1 studio at Broadcasting House as he presented a show, and of subjecting 15-year-old girl to a "sustained sexual attack" at a Showaddywaddy concert in 1978.

Travis, known as DLT, is also alleged to have assaulted a teenage music fan during an episode of Top Of The Pops.

The woman, who was 17 at the time, said Travis "had a fumble" up her skirt as he presented a segment at the BBC studios in Shepherd's Bush in 1978.

He is also alleged to have assaulted a British Airways worker on two occasions when he hosted corporate events for the airline in the 1990s.

The woman, who was 23 at the time, said Travis singled her out on the dancefloor and made her dance the lambada with him, and claimed he became aroused as he "grinded" against her.

She told jurors she was horrified when he appeared at the company's Christmas party a month later where he made her sit on his knee and put his hand inside her underwear.

More recent allegations include that he groped female colleagues at Classic Gold radio in the early 2000s, while the sexual assault count relates to him allegedly grabbing the breasts of a journalist who interviewed him at his home in 2008.

Giving evidence, Travis - on trial under his birth name David Griffin - told jurors he was not a "sexual predator" and the claims against him were "nonsensical".

"I do not have a predatory nature with women, I have a cuddly nature. Maybe that's what this is all about, but I am not predatory," he said.

Travis also said he would have reported Jimmy Savile to police if he had known the television star was a paedophile, but denied the two had ever been close.

The defendant was supported by a host of defence witnesses, including Chuckle Brothers Barry and Paul Elliott, Patricia "Dee Dee" Wilde of Top Of The Pops dance troupe Pan's People, and former colleagues at the BBC and elsewhere.

Travis's wife Marianne has been in court to support him since the jury retired to consider its verdicts on Monday.

Travis, from Buckinghamshire, is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault dating between 1976 and 2002, and one count of sexual assault in 2008.

He was arrested under Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree, which was prompted by abuse allegations involving Savile.

Jurors were sent home and will continue deliberating their verdicts tomorrow (Thursday February 13).

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Leo:

You have an exciting opportunity to make a fresh start. Changing your look, establishing a healthier lifestyle and getting in shape are among the possibilities. It's important for you to be as active as possible. Even going for a brisk walk on your lunch hour can have a dramatic impact on your appearance. You exude an attractive glow when you take regular exercise. A romantic relationship is heating up. A home improvement project will go very well, so long as you hire a competent professional.More