Dave Lee Travis trial: Teenage girl 'left petrified because she thought she was going to be raped at a Showaddywaddy concert
The trial of DJ David Lee Travis continues in Southwark Crown Court
Paul Gallagher is a reporter for the Independent and Independent on Sunday having joined the group in 2012. He has previously worked for the European Voice, Daily Mirror and the Observer and been based in Brussels, Belfast, Tokyo and London.
Thursday 16 January 2014
A teenage girl who thought she was going to be raped at a Showaddywaddy concert by Dave Lee Travis was left “petrified” by the former Radio 1 DJ when he put his hand up her skirt and tried to take her clothes off, a court heard today.
The broadcaster had beckoned the “starstruck” 15-year-old into his backstage trailer before she was pounced on and pinned to her seat, jurors heard. In a police interview shown to the jury, the woman said:“I was petrified. I thought he was going to rape me. I was crying, I was shouting at him to stop then he all of a sudden did stop.”
The jury was told that the DJ had asked the teenager if she wanted him to sign a banner she had brought with her to the concert on a Gloucestershire farm in June 1978 before telling the girl he had “never seen boobs as big”.
Mr Travis then thrust himself on her as the alleged victim told the court: “He was just all over my boobs … I told him to stop and he wouldn’t stop then he tried to get his hand up my skirt.
“He wanted me to take my top off but I wouldn’t. He was trying to push it over my head. I was crying and screaming to get off me”
She said Mr Travis eventually stopped, told to her get dressed and leave. The woman, who also told the court Radio 1 DJ Kid Jensen was in the trailer before she was allegedly assaulted, said: “I couldn’t believe that he just stopped in a second. I thought I was so lucky.”
In a surreal intervention in the trial, Dave Bartram, ex-Showaddywaddy singer and now the band’s manager, said he remembered the gig in question because Mr Travis had made a “nuisance” of himself on stage with the band.
Mr Bartram, who told the court the ex-Top of the Pops presenter had “a great presence”, said: “When Dave came on stage, I’m not sure if he was invited or uninvited, he got on one of the drum kits and proceeded to make a bit of a racket.”
Mr Travis, who laughed in the dock at the recollection, smiled and winked at Mr Bartram as he left witness stand.
The court heard earlier from one of his alleged victims from the time when Mr Travis was working at Bedfordshire-based Chiltern FM in the early 2000s. The woman, who was 21 at the time, said she initially thought of Mr Travis as a “friendly granddad” who who had been “very tactile” with her since her first day in the office. She knew the DJ because her father was a big fan, but her opinion quickly changed when she said he groped her and blew a raspberry in her face.
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Southwark Crown Court in London heard that the woman ran to the toilet with tears in her eyes after the alleged incident
She told the court: “His hand was on that bit of your tummy below your belly button. No-one ever touches you there, it is quite personal. When he did that I kind of went to shrug him off.”
The woman said that as Travis went to move his hand away, he allegedly brushed over her breast deliberately.
She said: “I felt really weird. I was confused. As soon as he left I got out of my seat and went to the toilet and remember thinking: ‘Your eyes have filled up with tears.’
“I knew it felt horrible but couldn’t work out why it felt horrible. Looking back I felt gutted because I liked him.”
Another alleged victim gave evidence behind a screen today, saying she was a 19-year-old student when Mr Travis pinned her against the wall of his camper van after he had played a DJ set at Nottingham Trent polytechnic in 1983. She said she managed to wriggle free and run all the way home while the incident had left her “rigid with fear”.
She told the court: “I felt I was lucky because I’d escaped. It felt so smooth, so slick, so rehearsed. I thought ‘Gosh, I can’t be the only one this has happened to.’”
The jury was told that the first time she met Travis the veteran broadcaster held a security pass pinned to her top that said: “Securititties”. She said she was expecting the then Radio 1 DJ to give her t-shirts when he invited her into his camper van.
The woman said she felt compelled to go to the police after she saw Mr Travis on the news denying he had ever indecently assaulted women.
Mr Travis, who is standing trial under his real name of David Griffin, denies 13 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault against 11 women said to have occurred between 1976 and 2008.
The trial continues.
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