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Defiant Dave Lee Travis denies claims he groped BBC colleagues while they were live on air

By Sam Greenhill and Eleanor Harding

PUBLISHED: 22:50, 14 October 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27, 15 October 2012

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Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis appeared defiant today as he posed for photographs at his home following claims he groped colleagues at the BBC's studios.

One of the women, who was just 17 at the time, claims that the DJ put his hand up her skirt in 1977.

The other, Vivien Creegor ? who went on to become a presenter on Sky News ? claimed Travis ?jiggled her breasts? when she was live on Radio 4 in the 1980s.

But the broadcaster, who won legions of fans as the 'Hairy Cornflake' during a distinguished radio career -  shrugged off the smears on his character saying there was no substance to the allegations in a statement he made yesterday.
Defiant: Former BBC radio DJ Dave Lee Travis, pictured outside his home in Leighton Buzzard today, denies he groped a colleague

Defiant: Former BBC radio DJ Dave Lee Travis, pictured outside his home in Leighton Buzzard today, denies he groped a colleague

As further allegations emerge about the sexual abuse allegedly committed by fellow Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile, Travis was quick to distance himself from the claims which has resulted in the unnamed woman giving a statement to police while Miss Creegor has said she will be making a complaint to the BBC?s director-general George Entwistle.

The allegations come after the corporation announced on Friday that it was launching an inquiry ? separate to the Sir Jimmy Savile investigation ? into the BBC?s ?culture? at the time.

They follow allegations by presenters, including Liz Kershaw and Sandi Toksvig, that they were routinely groped by male colleagues.

Travis, who hosted the Radio 1 Breakfast Show from 1978 to 1980, yesterday said in a statement: ?I categorically deny that there is any substance in either allegation and I?m genuinely surprised that allegations of this nature have been made. I totally refute any impropriety.?
Miss Creegor, pictured at her previous job on Sky News, claimed Travis 'jiggled her breasts' in the 1980s

Claim: Miss Creegor, pictured at her previous job on Sky News, claimed Travis 'jiggled her breasts' in the 1980s

Accusation: Vivien Creegor, former Sky News anchorwoman has told how Dave Lee Travis 'groped her'
Vivien Creegor

Accusations: Former Sky News presenter Vivien Creegor has told how DJ Dave Lee Travis 'groped her' in his studios

Miss Creegor yesterday said she was a Radio 4 newsreader at Broadcasting House, in Portland Place, when the alleged incident took place.

The 55-year-old said: ?I was sitting in the Radio 4 studio, which at the time backed on to the studio where Dave did his show.  I could see him coming into the studio.
 
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?I indicated to him to sit down but... as I went to speak his hands clamped down on my boobs over my jumper and moved them around. I didn?t have a choice. I couldn?t say anything to him because I had to finish my [Woman?s Hour] announcement. When I had, he sat down and started talking as if nothing had happened.?
Denials: Former Radio 1 presenter Dave Lee Travis has denied groping women in the studio

Denials: Former Radio 1 presenter Dave Lee Travis, pictured in his heyday, has denied groping women in the studio
Under the microscope: Dave Lee Travis has denied acting inappropriately during his time as a Radio 1 DJ
D.J. Dave Lee Travis outside his home near Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire.

Under the microscope: Dave Lee Travis has denied acting inappropriately during his time as a Radio 1 DJ. He is pictured today, right, outside his home near Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire

Miss Creegor, who lives in Hampstead, North London, with her husband, said she was too scared to speak up at the time for fear of ?rocking the boat?. ?I was in my early twenties and I was on an apprenticeship with the BBC, and I didn?t want to report a huge star like Dave Lee Travis,? she added.

?No woman who valued her career would have been happy to put her name down on a harassment claim.

?You could say I was cowardly but, when I told someone, they just laughed it off and thought it was funny ? that was the climate at the BBC at the time.?

The second woman ? who has not waived her right to anonymity ? says Travis put his hand down her skirt in 1977.
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Sussex Police confirmed she made a statement on Saturday. She has also complained to the BBC.

The woman said Travis groped her after inviting her into his studio to help him select the next music track.

?I went in. He turned off the lights so the technical operator couldn?t see what he was doing through the glass.

?He started grinding his groin into me. I didn?t know what was happening. I was still a virgin and I didn?t like it.

?He held me tighter and put his hand up my skirt and ... in to my knickers.

?That?s when I pulled away and ran out of the door.  Afterwards, I felt embarrassed and dirty. ?I went back to the technical operator and said: ?You won?t believe what he?s just done?.?

?The operator said, jokingly: ?I thought you were being a bit brave going in there?.?

After interviewing Travis earlier this year, Sunday Times reporter Camilla Long described how ?I don?t think there was a part of my body he did not grope?.

She added: ?He fondled my foot, inched his hands up my thighs, tried to make me sit on his lap and kissed me.?

The BBC said: ?We are not able to comment on individual names but where allegations are made they will be passed on to the BBC Investigations Unit or police.?
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