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David Lee Travis trial: Caravan assault claim

Dave Lee Travis arrives at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday. Picture: Getty

Dave Lee Travis arrives at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday. Picture: Getty

A “PETRIFIED” woman has told how she thought she was going to be raped by Dave Lee Travis when she was 15 at a Showaddywaddy concert, a court heard.

The alleged victim said the former Radio 1 DJ became “frisky” with her after she was invited into his caravan at the gig on a farm in the late 1970s.

In a videoed police interview played to Southwark Crown Court, the woman said she was talking about music with Travis inside the caravan when he offered to sign her poster. He then “lunged forward”, she said.

“He started snogging my face off. He got his hand up my shirt and pulled my bra up.

“He was just all over my boobs. He was so heavy I was trapped in the seat. I could not get up. I thought he was going to rape me.”

The woman told police Travis then “suddenly” got up and told her to leave. Asked how she felt during the incident, she replied: “Petrified.”

Appearing in court, former Showaddywaddy lead singer Dave Bartram confirmed he did remember the concert in Gloucestershire at which the alleged assault happened.

“I can actually recall it, simply because Dave came on stage with the band and proceeded to make a nuisance of himself.”

Travis is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault dating back to between 1976 and 2003, and one count of sexual assault in 2008.

The 68-year-old, from Buckinghamshire, is accused of assaulting 11 women, one of whom was 15 at the time of the alleged crime.

He denies all the charges. The trial continues.

 

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