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British DJ caught up in sex scandal acquitted of most charges

Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:56 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Dave Lee Travis, a longtime British disc jockey, said his acquittal Thursday on most charges of molesting women decades ago was no victory.

Travis still faces a possible retrial on two counts where jurors failed to agree on a verdict, the Guardian reported. But he was found not guilty on most counts, dating back to the 1970s, after a four-week trial in Southwark Crown Court.

"First of all I'm not over the moon about any of this today," he said after the verdict, facing TV cameras with his wife Marianne at his side. "I don't feel there's a victory in any way shape or form. On the contrary, I've been through a year and a half of hell with this, which includes costing me so much money to pay for my part of this trial, proving the point that not all famous people have got loads in the bank, so I had to sell my house to do it."

Travis, who denied the charges on the witness stand, said he had two trials: "One by media and one by Crown Court."

Travis, 68, was one of many entertainment figures caught up by Operation Yewtree, the police investigation that began with allegations after TV personality Jimmy Savile died in 2011 that he was a serial sex abuser.

After starting his career with a pirate radio station at the age of 20, Travis went on to work for the BBC for more than 20 years and then for commercial radio stations. His arrest in 2012 brought his career to a halt.

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