Monday 11 December 2017

Travis knew Savile liked young girls, court told

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

Jennifer Cockerell

Dave Lee Travis knew that Jimmy Savile liked young girls and thought "good luck to him", a jury has been told.

But the veteran British DJ did not think the girls were under age and said he would have reported Savile if he had known he was a paedophile, jurors at London's Southwark Crown Court heard.

Mr Travis (pictured), who is on trial accused of indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another, made the comments to police after his arrest on suspicion of sexual offences.

Reading extracts from interviews with police after his arrest in November 2012, junior prosecutor Teresa Hay said that, although the defendant denied the offences, Mr Travis described such groping behaviour as the "norm" during the 1970s. "He said his reputation was everything to him – if it had happened, he would happily own up," said Ms Hay.

Asked about his relationship with disgraced presenter Savile, Mr Travis told the Operation Yewtree officers that he only knew him as a colleague and someone to say hello to if they passed in a corridor.

"He was genuinely shocked at the allegations," Ms Hay said.

The trial was adjourned until Monday.

Irish Independent

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