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Jury of Travis sexual assault case out for a second day

By Jennifer Cockerell

Jurors in the trial of veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis, who is accused of indecently assaulting two women and sexually assaulting a third, have retired to deliberate their verdicts for a second day.

Prosecutors claim the former BBC presenter was an "opportunist" who acted as if he had the "perfect right" to grope young women.

The allegations against him date back to the 1990s when he was starring in panto, while the most recent was claimed to have happened during an interview with a journalist at his home in 2008.

Travis, who is on trial under his real name David Griffin, has been facing a retrial on these two counts – one of indecent assault of a woman between November 1, 1990 and January 31, 1991, and another of sexual assault on a different woman between June 1, 2008 and November 30, 2008 – after a jury was unable to reach verdicts on them at a trial earlier this year.

He has also pleaded not guilty to an additional count of indecent assault alleged to have taken place on January 17, 1995 on a young woman working on the Mrs Merton Show.

The first charge relates to a woman who was working on a production of Aladdin.

Giving his own evidence, the former Top Of The Pops presenter denied the claims, telling jurors the women had been lying.

He also called on a host of other defence witnesses, which heard him described as the "perfect gentleman" rather than a sexual predator.

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