DJ Dave Lee Travis accused of abuse during 'Top of the Pops'

Tuesday 14 January 2014 23.09
Dave Lee Travis was described as an 'opportunist' who assaulted a 'vulnerable' young woman
Dave Lee Travis was described as an 'opportunist' who assaulted a 'vulnerable' young woman

Former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis indecently assaulted a 19-year-old woman during a recording of Top Of The Pops, a British court has heard.

The 68-year-old was an "opportunist" who assaulted a "vulnerable" young woman, Southwark Crown Court was told.

The former DJ, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, allegedly assaulted women while working as a disc jockey, acting in pantomimes, and even at the opening of a hospital radio station.

Mr Travis, from Buckinghamshire, is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault between 1976 and 2003, and one count of sexual assault in 2008.

He denies all the charges.

IN court today, he listened to the proceedings with the aid of headphones.

Opening the Crown's case, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC showed the jury a short clip of Top Of The Pops from 1978, in which it is alleged Mr Travis is starting to assault a woman.

The 19-year-old had travelled to the show with a friend and alleges Mr Travis put his hand up her skirt.

The presenter is seen flanked by two women in the clip, one of whom is said to be the alleged victim.

Her friend "remembers her being angry and upset and saying this defendant had put his hand up her skirt", the court heard.

"The incident was actually cut from what was broadcast," Ms Moore said. "She says that is the start of him trying to put the hand up her skirt."

Mr Travis was arrested under Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree, which was prompted by abuse allegations involving the late Jimmy Savile, the court heard.

Earlier, Ms Moore said women had come forward from "all parts of the United Kingdom" with similar allegations against Mr Travis.

In another incident, Mr Travis allegedly assaulted a woman working in the pantomime Aladdin in which he was appearing in Crawley, West Sussex, between November 1990 and January 1991, the court heard.

He was playing the "evil wizard" Abanazar in the show, which also featured the Chuckle Brothers, Barry and Paul Elliott, Ms Moore said.

The alleged victim reported the incident to a stage manager but it was decided she would not go to the police because Mr Travis was a "star", the prosecutor said.

The theatre later decided that female workers should not be left alone with Mr Travis during the show's run, she added.

The trial, which is due to last up to six weeks, was adjourned until tomorrow.