Wednesday 20 September 2017

'I'm just cuddly,' says DJ'

Radio presenter Dave Lee Travis arrives at Southwark Crown Court on January 27, 2014 in Southwark, England
Radio presenter Dave Lee Travis arrives at Southwark Crown Court on January 27, 2014 in Southwark, England

Alex Diaz and Martha Linden

Dave Lee Travis has told a jury that he is not a "sexual predator" but admitted that he has a "cuddly nature".

The veteran DJ told London's Southwark Crown Court that claims that he was a sex pest were "nonsensical".

He also said that he would have reported Jimmy Savile to police if he had known the television star was a paedophile, but denied the two had ever been close.

And the jury heard he had complained to police that he had lost "work, money and health" due to the allegations.

Travis, who is on trial accused of indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another, said: "I do not have a predatory nature with women, I have a cuddly nature.

"Maybe that's what this is all about, but I am not predatory.

"If I really like somebody I will put my arm around them and I might give them a peck on the cheek, I even do that with men, to make them feel comfortable and welcome to the place."

Irish Independent

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