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Dave Lee Travis 'abused teenager after Showaddywaddy gig'

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Jan 14, 2014 | 7:35am EST

British radio DJ Dave Lee Travis used his fame to target young women during a 32-year campaign of sex attacks, a U.K. court has heard. The veteran entertainer assaulted 11 females, one as young as 15, over a three-decade period at the height of his career, the jury was told. Former BBC Radio 1 presenter Lee Travis, a household name in his native U.K., is an "opportunist" who exploited his stardom to target and sexually assault vulnerable women, according to prosecutor Miranda Moore, QC. Southwark Crown Court in London was told on Tuesday (14Jan14) that Lee Travis groped a 15-year-old girl in his caravan after meeting her at a Showaddywaddy concert in 1978. Miss Moore told the jury, "He ran his hands up her thigh. She began to scream. She was crying. She thought he was going to rape her. She was terrified." Another woman was allegedly assaulted while Lee Travis was filming hit TV music show Top of the Pops but the incident, which the court heard was caught on camera, was cut from the final broadcast. The jury was told that, following his arrest last year (13), Lee Travis was asked by police about the alleged assault on a 15 year old and told officers, "That never happened." Miss Moore added that Lee Travis targeted "young women who are vulnerable and he's an opportunist who takes the opportunity when it presents itself to him". Other alleged victims include a former hotel receptionist in Cornwall, south west England, who claims Lee Travis assaulted her when he was in the region to take part in a travelling BBC Radio 1 Roadshow in the 1970s. The DJ, who is being tried under his real name David Patrick Griffin, denies 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault between 1976 and 2008. The trial continues.

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