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Wife stands by DJ as he fights sex case

Margaret Davis and Ellen Branagh

Published 24/08/2013 | 05:00

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'TOP of the Pops' DJ Dave Lee Travis plans to vigorously contest allegations of sex abuse.

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Travis (68), who said his wife is standing by him, was at Westminster Magistrates' Court where he said he would plead not guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

He is accused of committing the offences between 1977 and 2007 against alleged victims aged between 15 and 29.

Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, has denied any wrongdoing since he was first arrested on suspicion of sexual offences last November.

His lawyer, Martin Bale, told the court he would plead not guilty to the charges.

Addressing a scrum of reporters outside the building, Travis said: "I am supported by my wife and friends. My wife is not here today and the reason that she is not here today is because I detest hare-coursing."

Travis, who was charged last week, will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on September 6.

He was released on bail with the condition that he lives at his home in Bedfordshire.

Irish Independent

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