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DLT Tells Jury: I Am Not A Sexual Predator
Dave Lee Travis has admitted having a "cuddly nature" but has denied being a "sexual predator".
The DJ - who is on trial accused of indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another - told a jury at Southwark Crown Court that claims he was a sex pest were "nonsensical".
He said: "I do not have a predatory nature with women, I have a cuddly nature. Maybe that's what this is all about, but I am not predatory.
"If I really like somebody I will put my arm around them and I might give them a peck on the cheek, I even do that with men, to make them feel comfortable and welcome to the place."
He also denied that he and Jimmy Savile were close, and said he would have reported him to the police had he known he was a paedophile.
When questioned by Stephen Vullo, for the defence, he said: "I, like other people, did think 'he seems to like young girls'.
"He was always surrounded by girls and by that I mean girls of 16, 17, 18.
"But I don't think that anyone knew what was going on as far as him being a paedophile.
"In all honesty, if I had known that Jimmy Savile was a paedophile I would have been the first to get him arrested because it is the worst crime in the world as far as I am concerned."
Jurors heard he complained to police last September that he and his wife had "suffered badly" as a result of the allegations, and he had lost work.
Junior prosecutor Teresa Hay said: "Mr Travis said that for 10 months he had lost his money, work, his health, he has had back and knee operations and had suffered stress.
"Worse still his wife had suffered breast cancer. She was through it now but stress is bad for someone who is going through that.
"This was costing him his job, his living and everything he has built up over 50 years.
"For him these allegations don't stand up."
Travis, 68, from Buckinghamshire, denies 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault, dating back to 1976.
The trial continues.
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