Friday 21 November 2014

'I am a decent human, not a great predator' DJ Dave Lee Travis tells court in sex case

Jennifer Cockerell and Neil Lancefield

Published 30/01/2014 | 14:04

Former Radio One disc jockey Dave Lee Travis has told his trial he is "astonished" at sex offence allegations against him and told jurors he is a "normal, decent human being".

Becoming increasingly angry as he was cross-examined, Travis denied indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another in incidents dating back to 1976 and the height of his fame.

"Suddenly I'm a great predator," he told jurors at London's Southwark Crown Court.

"These things did not happen. I don't know how I can convince you that they did not happen.

"I'm a normal, decent human being. I play jokes on people. I cuddle people. And if there have been some sexual interactions in the past, it's been consensual.

"It's been suggested that women threw themselves at me - thank God most of them missed."

Appearing under his birth name David Griffin, the 68-year-old, also became annoyed when questioned by prosecutor Miranda Moore QC about claims he grabbed a female journalist's breasts after asking her to pose for suggestive photographs.

"I'm a professional in my photographic life. I'm a professional in my broadcasting life.

"I do not want to touch the breasts of anybody, let alone anybody who works for the press. That would be suicide.

"I have not been groping people for 40 years," he said.

Ms Moore said: "It's got you written all over it Mr Griffin. Because you've been doing it for years and getting away with it."

The defendant, known as DLT, replied: "I've not been doing it for years. I've not been getting away with it."

Travis, from Buckinghamshire, denies 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault.

The charges relate to allegations from when he was working as a BBC DJ, as a broadcaster with Classic Gold radio, while appearing on Top Of The Pops and when starring in panto.

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