Jury out in Travis sex attack trial

This Is Lancashire: DJ Dave Lee Travis is accused of 13 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault DJ Dave Lee Travis is accused of 13 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault

Jurors in the trial of veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis have retired to consider 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 trial at London's Southwark Crown Court has heard that Travis, now 68, is alleged to have been 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 in Broadcasting House as he presented a show and of subjecting a 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. She said he became aroused as he pressed against her.

She told the jury of eight women and four men 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 knickers.

More recent allegations include that he groped female colleagues when he worked 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 his own evidence, Travis - on trial under his birth name David Griffin - told jurors that 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 also 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, 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 the late Savile.

Travis's wife Marianne attended court to support him for the first time today and sat in the public gallery with Margaret Merritt and Amanda Townley, two of the defendant's former personal assistants who appeared as defence witnesses in the trial.

Jurors were sent home for the day and will resume their deliberations tomorrow.

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