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British DJ Travis cleared of sex assaults

British disc jockey Dave Lee Travis said he had been through "a year and a half of hell" after he was was cleared by a jury Thursday of a string of sexual assault charges. Travis, 68, one of the biggest names in British broadcasting in the 1970s and 1980s, was found not guilty of 12 indecent assault charges, while the jury could not reach a verdict on two other counts. Prosecutors will take a week to decide whether to seek a retrial for the former BBC star on the two remaining charges.

British DJ Travis says live TV grope claims 'insane'

British disc jockey Dave Lee Travis said claims that he groped a young woman live on BBC television were "insane", as he gave testimony in his trial on Tuesday. The 68-year-old, one of the biggest names in British broadcasting during the 1970s and 1980s, said it was illogical that he would assault women if they were chasing after him for his star status. Travis, who counted Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, denies committing 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault dating back to 1976.

BBC DJ arrested in sex abuse inquiry: BBC

LONDON (Reuters) - Radio presenter Paul Gambaccini was arrested on Tuesday as part of a wider inquiry into alleged child sexual exploitation, his spokesman told the British Broadcasing Corporation (BBC) on Friday. U.S.-born Gambaccini, 64, who presents music radio shows for the state-funded BBC, denied the allegations.

Late BBC presenter Savile brushed off accusatory women 'like midges'

Late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, branded one of Britain's worst sex offenders, said he brushed off women who accused him of assault "like midges" and claimed they were trying to make money by selling stories about him, it emerged Tuesday. Savile's comments were revealed in the newly-released transcript of an interview with police in October 2009, two years before he died at the age of 84. Detectives brought him in for questioning over allegations that he had sexually assaulted a number of girls at a children's home in the 1970s, which Savile rejected as "fantasy".

Late BBC presenter Savile brushed off accusatory women 'like midges'

Late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, branded one of Britain's worst sex offenders, said he brushed off women who accused him of assault "like midges" and claimed they were trying to make money by selling stories about him, it emerged Tuesday. Savile's comments were revealed in the newly-released transcript of an interview with police in October 2009, two years before he died at the age of 84. Detectives brought him in for questioning over allegations that he had sexually assaulted a number of girls at a children's home in the 1970s, which Savile rejected as "fantasy".

Former BBC radio host in court to face sex charges

LONDON (Reuters) - One of Britain's best-known radio presenters from the 1970s and 1980s, who counted Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, appeared in court on Friday accused of sex offences over a 30-year period. Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis, 68, is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault and one sexual assault. The incidents are alleged to have occurred between 1977 and 2007 and involved women and girls, with the youngest aged 15.

British broadcaster Dave Lee Travis charged with indecent assault

British radio presenter Dave Lee Travis was charged on Thursday with 11 counts of indecent assault of women and girls as young as 15 and one count of sexual assault, prosecutors said. The 68-year-old once counted Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans when he worked for the BBC World Service. "We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Griffin to be charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault," said Alison Saunders of the Crown Prosecution Service.

British broadcaster Dave Lee Travis charged with indecent assault

British radio presenter Dave Lee Travis was charged on Thursday with 11 counts of indecent assault of women and girls as young as 15 and once count of sexual assault, prosecutors said. The 68-year-old, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, once counted Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans when he worked for the BBC World Service.

British DJ re-arrested in Savile probe

British former radio DJ Dave Lee Travis has been re-arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of an investigation sparked by claims against his late BBC colleague Jimmy Savile, police said Wednesday. Travis, 67, was first arrested in the case in November. On returning to answer bail on Monday, he was re-arrested over further allegations. "On his return on March 11 the man in his 60s was further arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in connection with further allegations made to Operation Yewtree," a police spokesman said.
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