Angst at the BBC continues as news of the arrest of a former Radio 1 DJ, Dave Lee Travis, emerges. Travis, also known as the Hairy Monster, has been arrested by police investigating the sex-abuse allegations made against the late.
Travis was arrested at 7:45 Thursday morning at his home in Bedfordshire. He is the third celebrity arrested in the wake of the sex-abuse allegations against Savile; Garry Glitter (whose real name is Paul Gadd) and the comedian Freddie Star were also arrested and bailed.
First reports of Travis’ arrest came in London's Evening Standard this afternoon. Travis is thought to have come under investigation for sexual abuse committed by himself as opposed to with Savile.
Last month, two women claimed that they had been assaulted by Travis. One of the women is former Sky presenter Vivien Creegor, who said he had touched her breasts while she was on air on Radio 4. Another woman claims that Travis put his hand up her skirt.
After the allegations, Travis invited the police to contact him, saying he had nothing to hide. The former “Top of the Pops” presenter said at the time: “It’s nonsense, completely untrue. If police get in touch, I’m happy to get it sorted. I hate being tarred with the same brush as Savile.”
It seems that the police have taken him at his word and feel that there is not only enough evidence to consider questioning Travis but enough to actually arrest him.
This marks another low for the BBC as the alleged offences that Travis has been arrested over are also thought, like with the cases against Savile, to have taken place on BBC premises.
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