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Travis 'grabbed breasts of announcer live on air'

A RADIO announcer allegedly assaulted by DJ Dave Lee Travis as she introduced BBC Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour' believed senior managers at the broadcaster would have told her to "live with it" had she complained, a court heard.

The woman, who cannot be named, told a jury she was in a "panic" when Travis allegedly grabbed her breasts as she went live on air to introduce the programme in the early 1980s.

She told jurors at Southwark Crown Court she did not tell her bosses about the alleged incident "due to the climate at the time" and because Travis was "a big star" at Radio 1. Another alleged victim said managers at a radio station which Travis later worked at "were 100pc aware" of complaints about him from female staff.

Giving evidence behind a curtain, the first witness, the former BBC Radio 4 announcer, said she was assaulted by Travis after he walked into the studio she was in as she was about to go on air.

The woman, who was in her 20s at the time, said the veteran DJ sat down behind her as she read out the time, when she felt him standing behind her.

"His hands came round under my arm pits and he put one hand on each breast," she said. "He started to move my breasts up and down."

The woman told the court Travis held her breasts throughout her announcement which lasted about 10 seconds. Asked by prosecutor Miranda Moore QC how she felt at the time, she replied: "Well I imagine there was a feeling of sort of panic.

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"Radio 4 is a very serious network. I was making a serious announce-ment. I was just frightened I was going to mess up the announcement."

The alleged victim said Travis sat down after the incident "as if nothing had happened".

She said due to "the climate at the time", she believed she would be told "to live with it" had she reported the incident to management.

"I believe he (Travis) thought it was a prank," she added. "I don't believe I saw it as sexual at the time."

She told the jury that other Radio 1 DJs, including the late John Peel, would also enter the studio during Radio 4 announcements but it was never reported to management.

During cross-examination, Stephen Vullo, defending Travis, said his client denied any knowledge of the incident.

Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin (68), is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault dating back to between 1976 and 2003, and one count of sexual assault in 2008.

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