Dave Lee Travis found not guilty of 12 indecent assault charges

Thursday 13 February 2014 19.30
Dave Lee Travis was on trial at London's Southwark Crown Court
Dave Lee Travis was on trial at London's Southwark Crown Court

Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis has been found not guilty of 12 indecent assault charges and the jury at London's Southwark Crown Court failed to reach verdicts on two other charges, which were discharged.

The 68-year-old showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out.

The jury of eight women and four men had been deliberating for around 20 hours.

The former Top Of The Pops presenter was charged with indecently assaulting ten women and sexually assaulting another in alleged incidents dating back to 1976 at the height of his fame.

Mr Travis, known as DLT, was also alleged to have assaulted a teenage music fan during an episode of Top Of The Pops.

He was also alleged to have assaulted a British Airways worker on two occasions when he hosted corporate events for the airline in the 1990s.

During the trial Mr 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".

There will be a further hearing at the same court on 24 February to decide if there should be a retrial of the two outstanding charges.

Mr Travis, from Buckinghamshire, was 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 Jimmy Savile.