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Dave Lee Travis found not guilty of 12 charges of indecent assault

DJ Dave Lee Travis has said he has been though “a year and a half of hell” after being found not guilty of 12 charges of indecent assault.

Jurors at London’s Southwark Crown Court failed to reach verdicts on two other charges and were discharged, meaning there will be a further hearing to decide whether to have a retrial on them.

Speaking outside the court, Travis said the case had cost him his reputation along with so much money that he has had to sell his house.

Flanked by Marianne, his wife of more than 40 years, Travis, 68, said he did not see the verdicts as a “victory”.

The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for around 20 hours after a trial in which the former Top Of The Pops presenter was accused of indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another in alleged incidents dating back to 1976 when he was at the height of his fame.

There will be a further hearing at the same court on February 24 to decide if there should be a retrial of the two outstanding charges.

Travis was found not guilty of indecently assaulting nine women, but jurors failed to reach verdicts on the alleged indecent assault of a woman while he was working on a pantomime in Crawley in the early 1990s along with an alleged sexual assault on a journalist who interviewed him at his home.

Giving his own evidence, Travis - on trial under his birth name David Griffin - told jurors that he was not a “sexual predator” and the claims against him were “nonsensical”.

 
 
 

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