Dave Lee Travis latest to be charged with sex offences
Former DJ is one of seven vintage showbiz names back in the spotlight because of Operation Yewtree
THE CHARGES announced yesterday against former BBC disc-jockey Dave Lee Travis mean that there are now 14 people currently being investigated or facing trial for historic sexual offences as a result of inquiries under Operation Yewtree, set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile revelations. Here are the seven most prominent figures (in alphabetical order) - all well-known personalities in their time and now back in the spotlight:
Max Clifford: The celebrity publicist was first arrested last December when he publicly described allegations against him as "damaging and totally untrue". The 70-year-old is due to appear in court in October charged with 11 counts of indecent assault between 1966 and 1985. The trial is due to start next March and last up to four weeks.
Chris Denning: The former Radio 1 DJ was jailed for four years in 2006 for a series of indecent assaults on young boys in the southwest of England. In June this year he became the 13th person to be arrested by police in relation to Operation Yewtree. Now 72, he was re-bailed earlier this week and is due in court again in October.
Jim Davidson: The comedian has been arrested twice in connection to Operation Yewtree investigations. One arrest relates to an alleged attack on a woman in the Falkland Islands 30 years ago, The Guardian reports. The Crown Prosecution Service is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks on whether to charge the 59-year-old.
Gary Glitter: The former pop-star and convicted paedophile - who previously spent time in jail for sexual assault in Vietnam - was arrested in October 2012 and questioned for more than nine hours by police. The arrest followed a woman’s allegation that she had seen him having sex with a schoolgirl in Jimmy Savile’s BBC dressing room in the 1970s.
Rolf Harris: Reports surfaced last November that an unnamed man in his 80s had been questioned by police. Harris was arrested for the first time in March following a claim that he had abused a woman when she was a teenager. He was rearrested last week after police in Australia claimed three women had come forward with information. A source close to the entertainer, now 82, claims this latest allegation was "a massive blow to Rolf", reports the Daily Mirror.
Freddie Starr: The comedian was first arrested in November last year. Since then, the 70-year-old has been rearrested for allegations un-related to the Jimmy Savile investigation and was bailed for two months in June. Starr’s lawyer said: "We are hopeful that the police inquiries are drawing close to a conclusion at which time Mr Starr will be able to confirm that he has publicly cleared his good name and reputation."
Dave Lee Travis: Travis - real name David Griffin - was yesterday charged with 12 sexual offences, including 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault in the period 1977 – 2007, following complaints from nine women. The former Radio 1 DJ and host of Top of the Pops will appear before Westminster magistrates next week when, he says, "I am very much looking forward to actually clearing my name on this".