Dave Lee Travis trial to continue

Dave Lee Travis. Photo: PA Images

The trial of DJ Dave Lee Travis for an alleged series of indecent assaults against women will continue today.

Travis, 68, from Buckinghamshire, is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault dating back to between 1976 and 2003, and one count of sexual assault in 2008. He denies all the charges.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court were yesterday told Travis was an "opportunist" who assaulted "vulnerable" young woman.

The former Radio One DJ, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, allegedly assaulted women while working as a disc jockey, acting in pantomimes and even at the opening of a hospital radio station.

In one incident, the court heard he "touched the bum" of a 19-year-old woman during a recording of Top Of The Pops.

In another at a local radio station, the court was told a woman went "ballistic" after the DJ allegedly forced his thumb into her underwear.

Opening the Crown's case, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC showed the jury a short clip of Top Of The Pops from 1978, in which it is alleged Travis is starting to assault a woman.

The 19-year-old had travelled to the show with a friend and alleges Travis put his hand up her skirt to "touch her bum".

The presenter is seen flanked by two women in the clip, one of whom is said to be the alleged victim.

Travis was arrested under Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree, which was prompted by abuse allegations involving the late Jimmy Savile, the court heard.

In another incident, Travis allegedly assaulted a woman working in the pantomime Aladdin in which he was appearing in Crawley, West Sussex, between November 1990 and January 1991, the court heard.

He was playing the "evil wizard" Abanazar in the show, which also featured the Chuckle Brothers, Barry and Paul Elliott, Ms Moore said.

Travis pulled his hand out of her jogging bottoms when one of the Chuckle Brothers could be heard walking past in the corridor, she added.

Three counts relate to two women who worked at Chiltern FM between 2000 to 2003.

Travis worked as a DJ at Chiltern, Ms Moore said, and was "sexually assaulting" one woman and other colleagues on a "regular basis".

Travis allegedly rubbed a woman at the station on the thigh and slipped his thumb up her knickers, Ms Moore said.

"It appears this is the straw that broke the camel's back," Ms Moore said. "She went ballistic."

The woman shouted out in front of other members of staff "Don't touch me, you're a pervert", jurors were told.