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  • 5 September 2014, 12:53

Travis 'Acted Like He Had Right To Grope Women'

Dave Lee Travis was an opportunist who acted as though he had the perfect right to grope women, a court has heard.

The former Radio One DJ is standing trial on a total of three assault charges at London's Southwark Crown Court.

Travis, 69, is being retried on one count of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault upon which a jury were unable to reach verdicts earlier this year.

He also faces a further count of indecent assault alleged to have taken place in 1995.

Opening the case for the prosecution, Miranda Moore QC told the court the three alleged victims felt upset, embarrassed and unsure what to do following the alleged incidents.

"In 2012, Operation Yewtree was set up and its major incident room received complaints referring to sexual assaults allegedly committed by a man that the complainants knew as Dave Lee Travis," she said.

"A number of women came forward after this defendant indicated on television and radio that he, Dave Lee Travis, was innocent of any such behaviour."

Ms Moore said the allegations spanned a period from 1985 to 2008 and were alleged to have taken place when Travis was working as a DJ or entertainer, or in his home as he was being interviewed.

The jury would hear from three women to whom the charges relate, as well as two other women who would describe similar incidents to support the descriptions of Travis's alleged behaviour, the court heard.

Ms Moore told the court: "Generally speaking, you will hear evidence that the ladies concerned were in their early 20s or 20s, with this defendant being older by many years when it happened, probably 20 years-plus.

"The defendant, according to these ladies, simply seemed to act as if he had a perfect right to touch their breasts or put his hands in their clothing to grope them."

The court heard one of the women was approached by Travis outside his dressing room where he warned her about the dangers of smoking.

"You shouldn't be smoking, think about your poor little lungs," he was alleged to have said, while touching her ribcage and moving his hands up to squeeze her breasts.

Ms Moore said the woman felt "mildly hysterical," but eventually ended up "laughing at the absurdity of the situation".

Travis is also accused of groping the breasts of a journalist who interviewed him at home in 2008. After telling her mother about the incident the woman was advised not to say anything because it could jeopardise her career, the court heard.

Ms Moore finished her opening statement by telling the jury: "You have to be sure of guilt; nothing less will do."

Travis, who is charged under his real name David Griffin, has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.