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DJ Dave Lee Travis's angry outburst as retrial is ordered

By Scott D'Arcy

Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis criticised the Crown Prosecution Service outside court yesterday after learning he will face a fresh trial over historic sex abuse allegations.

The former Radio One DJ, who is to be retried for charges of sexual assault and indecent assault as well as facing a new count of indecent assault, spoke of being stripped of his "dignity" during the Operation Yewtree investigation.

"I know there's no such thing as innocent until proven guilty. I know for a fact that isn't true," he said outside Southwark Crown Court.

"In my estimation the CPS has overcompensated for its failings with Savile and is taking away the human rights and dignity of individuals by having police arrest people first and then go out looking for evidence while that person is on bail.

"In my case I have been on bail for two years. This is entirely unacceptable."

Travis was acquitted of 12 counts of indecent assault earlier this year but jurors were unable to reach verdicts on one other charge of indecent assault dating back to the early 1990s and one of sexual assault in mid to late 2008.

He will now face a fresh trial over them.

And the 69-year-old also formally pleaded not guilty to one additional count of indecent assault on a woman aged over 16 alleged to have taken place in January 1995.

Hand in hand with his wife Marianne, Travis told gathered media on the court steps that the case had damaged his reputation "irreparably" and he had spent the couple's pension defending himself.

He said: "A lot of people will say 'Oh, he's had to pay out all this money, so what? He's rich, he's a disc jockey, he's famous, he's a millionaire'.

"If I was a millionaire I would not have had to sell my house to fund this case. But I'm not moaning about the money – that's not what's important. It's the law that's important."

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