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Dave Lee Travis 'Touched Reporter's Breasts'
A journalist has told a court how she was sexually assaulted by Dave Lee Travis after she went to interview him at his home.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spoke from behind a screen as she described how Travis put his hands on her breasts for a "couple of seconds" after he had asked to take her picture.
At the time of the alleged incident in 2008, the woman was 24 years old and she told the jury Travis picked her up from a local railway station and took her to his home.
She had told the jury she had gone to his house to interview him for a newspaper article and he described himself as a photographer to her, adding he could take her picture.
The woman said Travis asked to take her photograph as they looked at a picture of a female band member from S Club 7 which was on a wall at his home.
It showed a blonde-haired singer dressed in a bikini, kneeling on a studio floor.
The woman said: "He said 'you've got a good figure. I can take your picture.'"
She said she dismissed the idea. But then later after the interview ended, Travis again offered to take her photograph.
She said she once more rejected the idea telling him: "No - my boobs aren't big enough."
The woman added: "Suddenly he put his arms out and put his hands on my breasts. He cocked his head to one side, as if judging for himself whether they were big enough."
She went on: "It wasn't a cupping action, it was the top half of my breasts," explaining that the incident lasted only a few seconds.
When asked by prosecutor Miranda Moore QC what her reaction was, she said: "It was really bizarre...at the time I didn't process it," before describing how Travis had then driven her back to the railway station but didn't discuss what had happened.
She added: "After the train pulled away, I processed what had happened and felt very sad and quite low."
The woman added she discussed the incident with her mother and flatmates, but decided Travis was just a "pervy old man" and she did not report it to her employers or the police.
She said: "I knew what he had done was wrong, but I hadn't felt threatened, hadn't been attacked or raped. Had it been more serious I felt I had a duty to tell police but I didn't tell anyone."
The woman told the court she then "felt a responsibility" to come forward after reading online about allegations involving Travis and others, saying: "It had happened to me and showed a consistency."
Travis, dressed in a light-grey blazer, white shirt and dark tie, sipped occasionally from a glass of water as he listened intently to her evidence.
Earlier the court also heard from the boyfriend of another alleged victim who had said when his then girlfriend at Chiltern Radio had told him Travis had groped her he "wanted to confront him."
The man said that as her "partner and a guy" he wanted to know more about what had happened but they decided not to pursue it.
Travis denies 13 charges of indecent assault between 1976 and 2003, and a charge of sexual assault in 2008.
The trial at Southwark Crown Court continues.
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