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DJ 'fondled BBC trainee live on air'

Paul Gallagher

Published 16/01/2014 | 02:30

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Former radio and TV presenter Dave Lee Travis
Former radio and TV presenter Dave Lee Travis

FORMER BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis left a BBC trainee terrified for her job after fondling her breasts as she introduced 'Women's Hour' live on air in the early 1980s, a court heard yesterday.

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The woman, who was 26 at the time, said the broadcaster thought it was a joke" and that there was "no way" she could complain to managers because the broadcaster was a "big star". She was the first witness to give evidence in the trial of the 68-year-old, who denies 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

Mr Travis allegedly assaulted 11 victims on BBC premises and elsewhere between the years of 1978 and 2008. The woman, speaking from behind a screen at Southwark Crown Court in London, said Mr Travis "put one hand on each breast" when she began reading a link, keeping them there throughout the announcement, which lasted 10 seconds.

Mr Travis denies the allegation and says he has no recollection of it, the court heard.

Another former journalist who worked with Mr Travis at Chiltern FM in the early 2000s, when she was in her late 20s, also told the court the broadcaster had rubbed his hand down her body and touched her breast.

The trial continues. (© Independent News Service)

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