Pop fan alleges Dave Lee Travis 'fumbled' her on camera during TOTP show

Friday 17 January 2014 21.00
Former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis arrives at court in London
Former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis arrives at court in London

A teenage pop music fan has told a court how DJ Dave Lee Travis "had a fumble" up her skirt on camera as he presented an episode of Top Of The Pops. 

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was 17 when Mr Travis indecently assaulted her at the BBC studios in Shepherd's Bush, London  in 1978.

Her friend, also giving evidence at Southwark Crown Court, London today, said when she watched the episode back later that week it appeared the footage had been edited, just as the victim was "grimacing" next to Mr Travis.

The alleged victim said the two were coaxed to appear on screen next to "big star" Mr Travis as he introduced the next record by the Smurfs. It was then that she was assaulted, the court heard.

Giving evidence behind a curtain, the alleged victim said: "He [Travis] put his arm around myself and pulled me towards him. It was cosy on screen.

"Then he slipped his hand down and put it up my skirt. The skirt would have been lifted from the back.

"I can only really describe it as having a fumble of my bottom area. I think he was trying to get into my underwear."

She said she could not remember how the incident ended.

"I felt violated," she said. "The main thing is the camera crew was there, in front of all these people – that's what made it uncomfortable."

The witness's friend, who joined the alleged victim on the set, said the footage of them had been edited down by the BBC – or "shrunk".

"The introduction to the [next] record was [originally] a lot longer," the woman said.

The jury heard that the witness told police she thought the footage had been edited by at least six seconds.

"When I watched it back there was just the head part, not the body shot of us which would have been there originally."

Defending, Stephen Vullo asked if she had colluded with her friend to provide false evidence against the DJ,

The woman, who referred to Mr Travis as "the hairy monster" said: "I'm not."

She said she would not "waste time coming here to tell a load of lies", adding that she did not want to come at all "because it's such a high profile case", and said it was both "scary" and "nerve-wracking".

The witness described how the pair agreed not to tell anyone about the incident.

She told the court: "I asked what she (her friend) wanted to do about it [the alleged fumbling] but felt nobody would really believe what happened.

"He was a big famous DJ, we were nothing. We decided to go home and say nothing."

Earlier, a teenage hotel worker at a coastal beauty spot told the court how Mr Travis – also known as DLT and the Hairy Cornflake during his time as the BBC Radio One breakfast show presenter – allegedly indecently assaulted her as she checked him into his room.

Both alleged victims said they came forward to police after seeing Mr Travis give a television interview dismissing any involvement in allegations linked to the case of shamed entertainer Jimmy Savile.

Mr Travis, wearing a dark jacket, pink shirt and a tie emblazoned with the word "BLAM", shook his head, groaned and sighed throughout the evidence.

Mr Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault dating back to between 1976 and 2003, and one count of sexual assault in 2008.

The 68-year-old, from Buckinghamshire, is accused of assaulting 11 women, one of whom was 15 at the time of the alleged crime.

He denies all the charges.

The trial will resume on Monday morning.