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Dave Lee Travis Was 'Opportunist', Court Told
DJ Dave Lee Travis, who is accused of a string of sex assaults, was an opportunist who preyed on vulnerable young women, a court has heard.
The 68-year-old carried out a series of assaults which were "sexual in nature" while working as a disc jockey, acting in pantomimes and even at the opening of a hospital radio station, a jury at Southwark Crown Court in London was told.
The former Radio 1 DJ, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, is on trial accused of assaulting 11 women, one of whom was 15 at the time of the alleged crime.
He denies the charges.
Opening the Crown's case, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said women had come forward from "all parts of the United Kingdom" with similar allegations against Travis.
The alleged assaults were carried out by Travis "in a work environment", including an appearance at the opening of a hospital radio station, Ms Moore said.
"The offences vary in gravity," she said.
"All are sexual in nature involving unwanted contact by this defendant on much younger women, both over clothing and under clothing," Ms Moore added.
Travis had been "opportunist" in targeting "young women who were very vulnerable", she said.
The court heard that Travis indecently assaulted a 19-year-old woman during a recording of Top Of The Pops.
The prosecution showed the jury a short clip of the TV show from 1978, in which it is alleged Travis is starting to assault the woman.
Ms Moore said: "The incident was actually cut from what was broadcast."
Another incident allegedly happened in 1978 at a Showaddywaddy concert on a farm in Gloucestershire.
During the alleged offence, a girl who was 15 at the time, was "pinned" to her seat, the jury was told.
"In her words, she thought he was going to rape her," said Ms Moore.
Travis is also accused of assaulting a woman working in the pantomime Aladdin in which he was appearing in Crawley, West Sussex, between November 1990 and January 1991.
He was playing the "evil wizard" Abanazar in the show.
The alleged victim reported the incident to a stage manager but it was decided she would not go to the police because Travis was a "star", the prosecutor said.
The theatre later decided that female workers should not be left alone with Travis during the show's run, Ms Moore added.
Travis denied assaulting the woman, describing the allegation as "utter nonsense" and telling police he would not have "jeopardised" his first pantomime role, the court heard.
Travis is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault dating between 1976 and 2003, and one count of sexual assault in 2008.
He was arrested under Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree, which was prompted by abuse allegations involving the late Jimmy Savile, the court heard.
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