DJ’s alleged assault ‘interrupted’ by Chuckle Brothers

A former stage hand who was allegedly groped by veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis while he was appearing in a pantomime has told a court her ordeal ended when they were interrupted by children’s entertainers the Chuckle Brothers.

DJ’s alleged assault  ‘interrupted’ by Chuckle Brothers

Former Radio 1 presenter Travis, now 68, was playing “evil uncle” Abanazar in Aladdin, which also featured Chuckle Brothers, Barry and Paul Elliott, London’s Southwark Crown Court heard. The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said she did not report what happened as she thought she could lose her job.

Giving evidence from behind a screen, she said she had gone into Travis’s dressing room, as she had often done before, and he assaulted her without warning.

She told jurors: “I was about to go and he was suddenly behind me. “He’s a big chap and he engulfed me and he had his hand on the door above me.

“He put his other hand down the front of my jogging bottoms.

“He was touching me from top to bottom.”

Asked by prosecutor Miranda Moore QC where his hand went, the woman said: “I believe it was over my genitalia. I don’t think it went inside my pants.”

The witness said that getting out of the door became her “complete focus” as she struggled to escape. She went on: “It felt like a long time but I think it was only a matter of moments before I managed to get the door open.

“He was pushing it over the top of my head. He was a lot stronger than I am.”

She said that after opening the door slightly: “I heard someone say ‘all right Dave’, at which point he released me.”

The woman said she was then aware the voice belonged to one of the Chuckle Brothers who were walking along the corridor towards the dressing room.

The woman, who was aged 21 at the time of the alleged incident in the early 1990s, said she rushed away and told a supervisor about what had happened.

The former BBC presenter, who is on trial under his real name, David Patrick Griffin, denies 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault, dating back to 1976 at the height of his fame.

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