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Dave Lee Travis trial: DJ cleared of indecent assault

2014-02-13 16:37:44

Dave Lee Travis
Dave Lee Travis gave a statement to the press after he emerged from court with his wife Marianne

Former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis has been found not guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault.

The jury at Southwark Crown Court failed to reach a decision on a further indecent assault count and one of sexual assault.

Mr Travis, 68, of Mentmore, Buckinghamshire, denied all charges against him during the four-week trial.

The alleged incidents dated from 1976 to 2008 and involved 11 women.

Speaking outside court, with his wife Marianne by his side, Mr Travis said: "I'm not over the moon about any of this today. I don't feel like there's a victory in any way, shape or form.

"On the contrary, I think you already know that I've been through a year and a half of hell on this."

Appearing emotional, he said he had not only endured a crown court trial but also a trial by media - and also had to sell his house to pay legal fees.

"I did lose my reputation as well, which I may try to get back later," said Mr Travis, adding that all he wanted to do was go home to be with his wife.

'Nonsensical'

Mr Travis was released on bail until a further hearing, to be held at the crown court on 24 February, to decide if there should be a retrial on the two outstanding charges.

Giving evidence earlier in the trial, Mr Travis told the jury of eight women and four men the claims against him were "nonsensical".

He said that he was "cuddly", not "predatory".

During cross-examination, Mr Travis denied claims he was "a great predator".

The former Top of the Pops presenter said: "I'm a normal, decent human being. I play jokes on people. I cuddle people. And if there have been some sexual interactions in the past, it's been consensual."

Mr Travis was tried under his real name, David Patrick Griffin.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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