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Dave Lee Travis. Photo: PA

Dave Lee Travis. Photo: PA

Dave Lee Travis. Photo: PA

DJ Dave Lee Travis has told a jury that claims he was filmed groping a female fan while presenting Top Of The Pops are "insane".

The former BBC star is alleged to have put his hand up the teenager's skirt during a live edition of the show in 1978.

Travis, who is on trial at London's Southwark Crown Court accused of indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another, denies all the offences against him.

Asked by Stephen Vullo, for the defence, if the claims relating to the chart show were true, Travis replied: "That is a completely insane claim."

Travis (68) denies 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault, dating back to 1976.

The alleged offences occurred 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.

He said he did not like being asked if he had cheated on his wife, to whom he has been married since 1971.

But questioned further by Mr Vullo if he had ever "fallen into temptation", Travis admitted he had "once or twice. I'm human", he said.

Travis was questioned about allegations that he grabbed the breasts of a journalist who came to interview him at his house.

Mr Vullo asked if they were true.

"No, of course not," he said.

He was also asked about allegations that he assaulted a teenager in his Radio 1 studio.

"I don't have to recall that as it never happened," he said.

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