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Dave Lee Travis Tells Court: 'I'm A Normal, Decent Human Being... I Cuddle People'

30/01/2014 16:19 GMT | Updated 30/01/2014 16:59 GMT
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Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis arrives for a pre-trial hearing at Southwark Crown Court in London where he faces sex charges.

Former Radio One disc jockey Dave Lee Travis has told his trial he is "astonished" at sex offence allegations against him and told jurors he is a "normal, decent human being".

Becoming increasingly angry as he was cross-examined, Travis denied indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another in incidents dating back to 1976 and the height of his fame.

"Suddenly I'm a great predator," he told jurors at London's Southwark Crown Court.

"These things did not happen. I don't know how I can convince you that they did not happen.

"I'm a normal, decent human being. I play jokes on people. I cuddle people. And if there have been some sexual interactions in the past, it's been consensual.

"It's been suggested that women threw themselves at me - thank God most of them missed."

Asked why the alleged victims would have invented their claims, Travis suggested there were "umpteen reasons", including that they had "dreamt" them.

"I'm trying to look at alternatives," Travis said.

He told jurors that if one of the victims had got confused by a dream, "I would call her an unfortunate person who's had some sort of a mental lapse in terms of not being able to tell the difference between reality and nonsense".

He also said Twitter and Facebook could be to blame for the women coming forward with similar stories.

"I'm saying that is one of many possibilities and you can't go through them all," Travis added.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said: "The other possibility, of course, is that they're telling the truth and you're telling lies."

Appearing under his birth name David Griffin, the 68-year-old, also became annoyed when questioned by Ms Moore about claims he grabbed a female journalist's breasts after asking her to pose for suggestive photographs.

"I'm a professional in my photographic life. I'm a professional in my broadcasting life.

"I do not want to touch the breasts of anybody, let alone anybody who works for the press. That would be suicide.

"I have not been groping people for 40 years," he said.

Ms Moore said: "It's got you written all over it Mr Griffin. Because you've been doing it for years and getting away with it."

The defendant, known as DLT, replied: "I've not been doing it for years. I've not been getting away with it."

Travis, from Buckinghamshire, denies 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault.

The trial continues.