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Dave Lee Travis Sex Assault Trial: Jury Out
The jury in the trial of former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis has retired to consider its verdict in his sex case.
Travis, 68, is accused of indecently and sexually assaulting a string of women over a period of more than 30 years, when he was at the height of his fame.
On Monday, for the first time in the four-week trial, he was accompanied to Southwark Crown Court by his Swedish wife, Marianne, who sat behind the dock in the public gallery.
Before the jury retired, Judge Anthony Leonard told the eight women and four men they had to decide if the evidence they had heard was "made up or fantasy".
Travis has insisted he is innocent of all the charges and has no recollection of them, accusing the 11 women involved of trying to "cash in" and sell their stories.
During the trial the court heard from a former BBC employee who claimed Travis had "jiggled" her breasts.
Another BBC employee has also described how she was allegedly indecently assaulted by Travis at the corporation's central London headquarters.
Other complainants include a then 15-year-old girl who says she was assaulted by Travis in his trailer at a Showaddywaddy concert in the late 1970s.
The other alleged victims include a hotel receptionist, a British Airways employee, a student, local radio journalists and a former newspaper reporter who says she was sexually assaulted in 2008 by Travis at his home.
Metropolitan Police investigated Travis as part of Operation Yewtree, the force's investigation into allegations of historic sexual abuse by high-profile figures after details of Jimmy Savile's past crimes emerged.
Travis has insisted that he would "not put his reputation of 50 years on the line" and during his defence several former colleagues testified that he was a "warm, friendly man" who "liked to give bear hugs".
On Friday, when he began his summing up, Judge Leonard told the jury to ignore the not guilty verdicts against Coronation Street star Bill Roache.
Travis listened intently as the judge ended his summing up but gave no reaction and as the jury left to consider its verdict.
Travis then left court holding hands with his wife.
He denies 13 charges of indecent assault between 1976 and 2003 and a charge of sexual assault in 2008 on 11 women in total. He is on trial under his real name David Griffin.
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