DJ Dave Lee Travis assaulted woman ‘live on Top Of The Pops’, court hears

The DJ allegedly put his hand up the skirt of a 19-year-old woman during a link

DJ Dave Lee Travis allegedly assaulted a teenage woman “live on Top Of The Pops” in 1978, Southwark Crown Court heard earlier today (January 14).

The DJ and presenter was in court after allegedly assaulting 11 victims between 1976 and 2008, reports BBC News. He was arrested as part of Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree. The DJ, real name David Griffin, denies 13 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault, all of which took place at various BBC sites and pantomimes.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC stated that one 19-year-old victim was “assaulted live on Top of the Pops“. The incident allegedly happened whilst Travis introduced a song by The Smurfs, putting his hand up the victim’s skirt.

Another incident allegedly happened to a 15-year-old, who claimed she was molested by Travis at a Showaddywaddy concert in 1978 at a farm in Gloucestershire. Travis also allegedly assaulted a woman whilst appearing on Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, grabbing her breast.

Prosecutor Moore said of the charges against Travis: “The offences vary in gravity… All are sexual in nature involving unwanted contact by this defendant on much younger women, both over clothing and under clothing.”

The trial is expected to last six weeks. Meanwhile, fellow entertainer Rolf Harris – who was also arrested as part of Operation Yewtree – appeared separately at Southwark Crown Court to plead not guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault. He will stand trial on August 30.