Sunday 24 September 2017

'Petrified' teen fan feared DJ Travis would rape her, trial told

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis at Southwark Crown Court in London
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis at Southwark Crown Court in London

Paul Gallagher

A teenage girl who thought she was going to be raped at a Showaddywaddy concert by Dave Lee Travis was left "petrified" by the former BBC Radio 1 DJ when he put his hand up her skirt and tried to take her clothes off, a court has heard.

He beckoned the "star-struck" 15-year-old into his backstage trailer before she was pounced on, jurors heard.

In a police interview shown to the jury, the woman said: "I was petrified. I thought he was going to rape me."

The jury was told the DJ had asked the teenager if she wanted him to sign a banner she had brought with her to the concert on a Gloucestershire farm in June 1978.

Mr Travis then thrust himself on her as the alleged victim told the court: "He was just all over my boobs . . . I told him to stop and he wouldn't stop then he tried to get his hand up my skirt. I was crying and screaming (for him) to get off me."

She said Mr Travis eventually stopped, told her to get dressed and leave.

Earlier, Southwark Crown Court heard allegations from a woman who worked with Mr Travis in the early 2000s. The woman, who was 21 at the time, said she thought of him as a "friendly granddad". But her opinion quickly changed when she said he groped her and blew a raspberry in her face.

Another alleged victim gave evidence behind a screen yesterday saying she was 19 when Mr Travis pinned her against the wall of his campervan in 1983.

Mr Travis denies 13 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault against 11 women between 1976 and 2008. The trial continues. (© Independent News Service)

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