Former Radio One DJ accused of sexual assault during Crawley panto

Former Radio One DJ accused of sexual assault during Crawley panto

Former Radio One DJ accused of sexual assault during Crawley panto

First published in News by , Local government reporter

DJ Dave Lee Travis assaulted a woman working in a pantomime in Crawley, a court has been told.

The former Radio One DJ from Buckinghamshire, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, is on trial accused of assaulting 11 women, one of whom was 15 at the time of the alleged offence, London's Southwark Crown Court was told yesterday.

Travis was playing the "evil wizard" Abanazar in the show, which also featured the Chuckle Brothers, Barry and Paul Elliott, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said.

Travis allegedly assaulted a woman working in the pantomime between November 1990 and January 1991, the court heard.

He was playing the "evil wizard" Abanazar in the show, which also featured the Chuckle Brothers, Barry and Paul Elliott, Ms Moore said.

Travis pressed against the woman and held the door shut in a room at the theatre, while his hand felt "along her jogging bottoms and over her pubic hair", the prosecutor said.

Travis pulled his hand out of her jogging bottoms when one of the Chuckle Brothers could be heard walking past in the corridor, she added.

"She did not want it, she did not ask for it, she did not consent to it," Ms Moore added.

The alleged victim reported the incident to a stage manager but it was decided she would not go to the police because Travis was a "star", the prosecutor said.

She was a junior member of a team and there was thought that she may lose her job," Ms Moore went on.

The theatre later decided female workers should not be left alone with Travis during the show's run, she added.

Travis denied assaulting the woman, describing the allegation as "utter nonsense" and telling police he would not have "jeopardised" his first pantomime role, the court heard.

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