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Travis assaulted student in campervan, court is told

A HEADTEACHER has told a court that she "recoiled" and ran home after being indecently assaulted by DJ Dave Lee Travis at the height of his fame.

The woman, then a student in Nottingham in the 1980s, said the DJ assaulted her after inviting her on board his hi-tech campervan when he was booked to appear at a gig.

Travis (68), who is from Buckinghamshire, was appearing on the BBC Radio One Breakfast show when he allegedly assaulted the student at Trent Polytechnic, London's Southwark Crown Court heard.

The alleged victim said she was asked to guard the vehicle because the DJ "said he didn't trust Nottingham – it was 'a bit of a dive' and he wanted some guards".

She said a few "guards" were given a badge, which the woman said she wore on her top.

She said: "He made a joke.

"He took the badge, lifted it, touching my breast, and made a joke about the badge, saying 'Oh, you're securi-titty'.

"I was embarrassed, a bit shocked. I recoiled."

FEAR

The witness said she was later summoned into the campervan as a "thank you" from the entertainer, which she assumed would result in being given a free Radio One T-shirt.

"It never entered into my head something was going to happen," she said.

The woman said she became "rigid with fear" as Travis put one hand around her.

"He came towards me and touched me," she said.

"I went under his arm and ran."

Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, is on trial charged with 13 counts of indecent assault between 1976 and 2003 and one count of sexual assault in 2008.

He is accused of assaulting 11 women.

Travis denies all the charges.

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