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BBC DJ 'groped girl on TOTP'

DAVE Lee Travis indecently assaulted a 19-year-old woman during a recording of Top Of The Pops, a court has been told.

The 68-year-old allegedly carried assaults which were "sexual in nature" while working as a DJ, acting in pantomimes and at the opening of a hospital radio station.

The former Radio One star, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, is on trial at London's Southwark Crown Court accused of assaulting 11 women, one of them 15 at the time.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC showed the jury a clip of Top Of The Pops from 1978 in which it is alleged Travis put his hand up a 19-year-old's skirt to "touch her bum".

Travis, from Buckinghamshire, denies 13 counts of indecent assault between 1976 and 2003.

Among the charges are allegations of an attack said to have taken place between 1976 and 1977 against an 18-year-old woman.

She claims he gave her a lift several times then invited her into a "continuity suite" where he allegedly pushed his penis against her.

ABUSE

Travis has claimed he did not remember her name, that he never gave lifts to someone at "her level" and that the abuse never happened.

Another incident allegedly happened in 1978 at a Showaddywaddy concert on a farm in Gloucestershire. Ms Moore said the count relates to the youngest victim, who was 15 at the time.

At the event, she saw the defendant standing in the door of his trailer and he invited her in for a drink, the jury heard.

Travis then lifted her top over her head and pulled down her bra to expose her breasts, Ms Moore told the court. The trial continues.

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