DLT: Sex assault claims 'nonsense'

Dave Lee Travis is accused of a series of indecent assaults and one sexual assault

Dave Lee Travis is accused of a series of indecent assaults and one sexual assault

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Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis has told a jury that sexual offence allegations against him are "nonsense" and he fears that it takes attention away from women who have really been abused.

The former BBC presenter admitted to jurors at London's Southwark Crown Court that he fell to temptation when women approached him during the height of his fame.

But Travis, who is on trial accused of indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another, denied ever forcing himself on anyone.

Travis, now 68, said he did not like being asked if he cheated on his wife "because to my mind it has nothing to do whatsoever with my supposed forcing myself on somebody".

But questioned further by Stephen Vullo, for the defence, if he had ever "fallen into temptation", Travis admitted he had "once or twice".

"Of course, I'm human," he told jurors. "Consensual if I might add."

He went on: "If these women supposedly are chasing after me because I was the pop star of the day, the question would have to be, why would I go and assault somebody?

"I don't like the idea of assaulting women in any way, shape or form.

"Personally the one thing that's been going through my mind since this trial started is that I'm sorry about this trial being the way it is.

"I know this is only a lot of nonsense. I just feel that the women who really have been attacked, women who have been at home and been through mental abuse by their husbands or beaten up by anybody else or really attacked - because this ha s been going on with me - it makes it less likely that real problems are going to be looked at."

Travis, from Buckinghamshire, denies 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault, dating back to 1976 and the height of his fame.

Appearing under his birth name David Griffin, the alleged offences occurred when he was working as a BBC DJ, as a broadcaster with Classic Gold radio, while appearing on Top Of The Pops and when starring and when starring in panto.

Mr Vullo asked Travis about allegations that he had pinched a hotel receptionist's bottom while he was on tour with the Radio 1 roadshow.

He said: "I'm not just going to go up to someone I have never met and just pinch their bottom and say 'hello'. No, that's not my style."

Travis replied to claims that he had asked the woman to deal with his suitcase saying that he "would never ask a female" to carry a bag for him.

"I wouldn't ask her to carry my case, I wouldn't pinch her bottom and wouldn't give her a peck on the cheek unless she had brought me a cup of tea or something wonderful like that," he said.

In relation to allegations that he had indecently assaulted a woman in his Winnebago motorhome after a show, he said: "I don't force myself on women. It's not me, it's simply not me."

He also told the court that he was "more or less" teetotal when he worked on the road and denied that there had ever have been girls drinking in his motorhome.

"I was and still am 50 years later a person who is very worried about drink driving on my own and anyone else's behalf, not because I am a goody-goody but because you can lose your licence," he said.

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