Dave Lee Travis trial: Chuckle Brother 'surprised' by claims DJ assaulted a crew member

The Chucklebrothers allegedly interrupted Dave Lee Travis while he was assaulting a crew member

Claims that DJ Dave Lee Travis indecently assaulted a crew member at a pantomime came as “a complete surprise”, one of the Chuckle Brothers told London's Southwark Crown Court.

Children's entertainers Paul and Barry Elliott, of Chucklevision fame, starred alongside Mr Travis during a panto which Mr Travis is accused of indecently assaulting a female crew member in his theatre dressing room.

The woman previously told the court her ordeal ended when Mr Travis was allegedly interrupted by one of the Chuckle Brothers walking past in the corridor.

Giving evidence on Monday, 66-year-old Paul Elliott was asked by Mr Travis’ defence lawyer Stephen Vullo whether he recalled any inappropriate behaviour by the former Radio 1 star.

Mr Elliott replied: “No sorry, I don't. As I say it was a complete surprise.”

Mr Elliott, who starred in the BBC children's television series alongside his brother Barry, said Mr Travis was “very professional” during the panto.

Asked whether he was aware of any formal or informal arrangement to chaperone female staff members around Mr Travis, Mr Elliott replied: “Not that I recall, not at all.

"I think I would remember,” he added. 

Mr Elliott said he and his brother would have been made aware of such a policy as they were “top of the bill”.

BBC Radio 1 presenter Dave Lee Travis in his studio at Broadcasting House, London, 14 January 1980. BBC Radio 1 presenter Dave Lee Travis in his studio at Broadcasting House, London, 14 January 1980.
The comedian said he did not recall any particular incident when a female stage hand had left Mr Travis's dressing room.

During his evidence, Mr Elliott was warned by Judge Anthony Leonard after using the word “we” to recall his time in the panto.

“Please bear in mind it's your memories we're after,” the Judge said.

Travis, 68, from Buckinghamshire, is accused of indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another in incidents dating back to 1976 and the height of his fame.

He denies all the charges.

Appearing in court under his birth name David Griffin, the alleged offences are claimed to have occurred when he was working as a BBC DJ, as a broadcaster with Classic Gold radio, while appearing on Top Of The Pops and when acting in panto.

Mr Travis, wearing a light grey jacket and turquoise tie, listened to the proceedings in the dock with the aid of earphones.

The case continues.

Read more
Dave Lee Travis trial: Female DJ says groping claims against him are 'fantasy'
Dave Lee Travis tells court: 'I'm a normal decent human being. I cuddle people'
Dave Lee Travis trial: DJ says sexual assault claims made him 'mad as hell'
Dave Lee Travis trial: TOTP grope claims 'insane' says veteran DJ
Dave Lee Travis trial: former DJ said he was 'screwed' by allegations  

PA

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz