Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

DLT arrest 'not to do with kids'

Dave Lee Travis gestures as he records his talks with the media outside his home
Dave Lee Travis gestures as he records his talks with the media outside his home

DJ Dave Lee Travis has denied groping two women and stressed that allegations against him have "nothing to do with kids".

The 67-year-old spoke to reporters outside his home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, and said he did not want his name associated with "bloody evil" child abuse.

He was arrested on Thursday by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, but the allegations against him are not linked to the disgraced TV presenter.

Travis said: "This is nothing to do with kids, all right? That's the first thing. Because that to me is the most important thing in the world and I do not wish to have my name sullied around something that bloody evil, to be honest.

"The second thing I want is to say, yes, there's a complete denial there, but there's nothing else I can tell you because otherwise I might be stepping on the police's feet and I don't want to do that because it might affect their investigations."

Travis had already vigorously denied allegations, made last month, that he groped two women while in BBC studios. One alleged that he had put his hand up her skirt, while the other said he had "jiggled" her breasts.

The former Radio One DJ told reporters: "There's one very important point I want to get across here - when I read the papers this morning I could not believe it. It was like, you know, 'DLT caught in Savile probe' and all this. I'm going to make one thing extremely clear to you - the Savile probe is nothing to do with things I've been talking to the police about.

"I was accused quote of squeezing the boobs of a couple of women. One, you know is Vivien Creegor and the other was somebody from 19..God knows, 67 or something, which is incredible."

He added: "I am and always have been completely abhorred by anything to do with children and anything to do with child molestation and anything like that. I don't really want to be in a headline where people look and see Savile's name and see my name and think 'Oh God, is he at it as well?' Not true, all right? You have a categorical denial about children. That is absolutely set in concrete, I promise you."

The Magic AM presenter was held at 7.45am and later released on bail until early January. He was taken "off air with immediate effect" by the radio station's owners in the wake of his arrest.

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