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DLT 'A Jolly Good Chap', Say Chuckle Brothers
Comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers have dismissed allegations that Dave Lee Travis indecently assaulted a female stage worker.
Paul and Barry Elliott appeared in court as witnesses for Travis as the sex trial began to enter its final stages.
The brothers have a comedy career spanning more than 40 years and told Southwark Crown court on Monday how they had appeared in dozens of pantomimes, including two with Travis.
They were questioned specifically about a performance of a 1990 Aladdin show at the Hawth Theatre, in Crawley, West Sussex, where they both played Chinese policemen and which also included Travis in the cast.
The former Radio One DJ is accused of indecently assaulting the female worker backstage at the show. Earlier in the trial, the court heard how he only stopped "groping" the woman when he was disturbed by one of the brothers.
But both Paul, 66, and Barry, 69, dismissed the allegation with the elder brother describing Travis as a "jolly great chap to work with", telling jurors of how they would play cards together when not performing.
He said "there were no incidents of inappropriate behaviour", adding that if there had been he "would have heard about it from general talking amongst the crew".
When asked specifically about the indecent assault allegation, Paul Elliott said it was a "complete surprise" to him and that he had no recollection of Travis carrying out such an attack.
Barry Elliott told the court there "were no specific arrangements" for chaperoning female members of crew and case around the theatre.
The brothers are known for their BBC show Chucklevision and their catchphrases, which include "To me, to you" and "Oh dear, oh dear".
At one point during Paul Elliott's evidence, as if highlighting their closeness, judge Anthony Leonard had to interrupt and tell him to stop saying "We"'in his evidence. Judge Leonard told him the court was only interested in his "memory of events".
The court also heard from DJ John Dean who worked with Travis in the late 1970s and he raised a laugh from the former BBC presenter and the court when he said he transported gig equipment in "dodgy vans".
Dressed in a blazer, tie and shirt, Travis, who described the allegations as "nonsense" when he gave evidence last week, listened from the dock as the witnesses gave evidence.
The last few defence witnesses are expected to be called on Thursday with the jury expected to retire early next week after summing up from the prosecution and defence.
Travis denies 13 charges of indecent assault between 1976 and 2003 and a charge of sexual assault in 2008.
He is on trial under his real name David Griffin. The trial continues.
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