Dave Lee Travis, Former BBC Radio Host, In Court For Sex Charges

British former radio presenter Dave Lee Travis (C) leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in central London on August 23, 2013
British former radio presenter Dave Lee Travis (C) leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in central London on August 23, 2013 following a hearing for charges of indecent and sexual assault. Travis, who counts Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, was arrested on November 15, 2012 as part of a police investigation into allegations of sexual offences against his late colleague Jimmy Savile. The charges of indecent assault relate to eight women aged between 15 and 29. Travis has publically protested his innocence. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON, Aug 23 (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.

After a short hearing at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, Travis, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, told reporters: "I'd like to speak for three hours to everybody to tell you the story.

"I either talk for a long time or I don't, and at the moment I'm not talking."

Accused under his real name David Patrick Griffin, he was released on bail and will appear for another hearing at London's Southwark Crown Court on Sept. 6, Britain's Press Association news agency reported.

Travis, who also hosted editions of a popular BBC TV music show, is the latest celebrity to be accused of sex offences since detectives launched a massive inquiry into the late BBC TV host Jimmy Savile.

Savile was one of Britain's biggest stars in the 1970s and 1980s but since his 2011 death, police have discovered he committed sex crimes on an unprecedented scale.

The inquiry has led to the arrests of a number of household British TV and radio names from that time, although most, like Travis, were not said to have any direct link to Savile's offences which spanned six decades from 1955.

Nicknamed the "Hairy Cornflake" for his bushy beard, Travis said last year he was astonished to learn that Suu Kyi had been a big fan of his weekly show on the BBC World Service during her 15 years under house arrest between 1989 and 2010.

She singled out his music request programme "A Jolly Good Show" for making her world "much more complete". (Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Pravin Char)



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