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DLT 'Assaulted Girl During Live Broadcast'
A former BBC employee has told a court how she fled horrified after Dave Lee Travis indecently assaulted her in a recording studio during a live broadcast.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, described how Travis put his hands up her skirt and tried to get his hand inside her underwear.
She then told the court how years later in 2012, when she telephoned the BBC to tell them of the incident, she was brushed off.
At the time of the alleged assault with Travis in the BBC's Central London Broadcasting House in the mid-70s, she was 16 years old and had just started work at the corporation.
The woman told the jury at Southwark Crown Court that Travis had invited her into the recording studio during a live Radio 1 broadcast to "choose the next track".
She said as she walked in Travis put his fingers to his lips before putting a track on and then switched off the main light in the studio, leaving them in semi-darkness.
The woman said they then started to dance, with Travis initially "holding me loosely, then it got tighter and tighter".
She told the court Travis was sexually aroused.
"Within seconds I wanted out. I was horrified I pulled away. I said 'stop, please stop now'. I was frightened by then. I wanted to get out. I didn't know what was coming next," she said.
"He started to get agitated. I made for the door. I was trying to get away from him. He did something at the console next and the light came on again ... the red light, which meant you can't go in and out of the door.
"I felt trapped then. I didn't know what would happen ... I just knew you didn't open the door when the red light was on.
"Within a matter of seconds he got hold of me against the wall and put his hand up my skirt right into my knickers."
When asked by prosecutor Miranda Moore QC if he succeeded, the witness replied, "yes, he did" - before describing how she then fled the studio despite the live broadcast still being on air.
She told the court she turned to a technical operator in the studio and said: "You won't believe what he has just done to me." The court heard he responded: "I thought you were a bit brave going in there."
Jurors heard she then left the building and went home in shock.
She said: "My heart was banging, I felt sick. It was the first time I had ever been touched like that in my life.
"I felt violated, interfered with, unclean. I felt stupid, naive, a mixture of feelings."
She added she did not tell anyone in authority because she feared no one would believe her.
The woman told the court: "At the time they (DJs) were big stars, they were like pop stars, almost like demigods. I wouldn't have stood a chance about my complaint against someone like that."
She said that eventually, following publicity over the Jimmy Savile case, she rang the Director-General's office at the BBC to complain and was told: "Sorry, we are not taking calls of this nature."
Under cross examination from defence barrister Stephen Vullo, the witness denied the allegation was made up for money.
She said: "I want to see justice done, closure."
Earlier, the woman had told the court how Travis had offered her lifts to the station in his yellow Trans Am Pontiac which he told her was his "big yellow banana" with no incident.
As she gave her evidence Travis, 68, and dressed in a silver grey jacket, red striped shirt and dark tie, coughed and sighed.
He denies 13 charges of indecent assault between 1976 and 2003 and a charge of sexual assault in 2008.
The trial continues.
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