Dave Lee Travis appears in court charged with sexual offences

10:48 23 August 2013

DJ Dave Lee Travis speaks to the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates

DJ Dave Lee Travis speaks to the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London, where he faced 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault against nine alleged victims. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

DJ Dave Lee Travis said he has the support of his wife and friends as he appeared in court to face allegations of sexual offences.

The 68-year-old indicated he will plead not guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault as he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning.

He is accused of committing the offences between 1977 and 2007 against alleged victims aged between 15 and 29.

Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, has denied any wrongdoing since he was first arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in November last year.

His lawyer Martin Bale today indicated to the court that he would plead not guilty to the charges.

Addressing reporters outside court, Travis, of Mentmore in Bedfordshire, said: “I am supported by my wife and friends. My wife is not here today and the reason that she is not here today is because I detest hare-coursing.”

After the short hearing, he told reporters inside the court building that he could not talk about the case.

He said: “I either talk for a long time or I don’t, and at the moment I’m not talking.”

Travis, who was charged last week, was told that his case will be sent to Southwark Crown Court, where he will next appear on September 6.

He was released on bail with the conditions that he lives at his home in Mentmore and does not contact the alleged victims.

Travis was charged as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, but the accusations against Travis have no connection to the disgraced television presenter.

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