Yesterday I wrote a post about the sex assault and rape trial underway against the Coronation Street actor William Roach. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to write about the similar charges against Radio 1 DJ and World Service presenter Dave Lee Travis (real name David Patrick Griffin) and the Aussie broadcaster Rolf Harris. I’ll try to make up for that now.
Miranda Moore, a lawyer for the prosecution in London, said that Travis took advantage of his role as a celebrity. Jurors were shown a clip from a “Top of the Pops” episode hosted by Travis that Miranda said captured the moment around one attack.
“This man has a propensity for offending against young women,” Moore said during opening arguments today. “He’s an opportunist who took advantage of opportunities presented to him.”
When Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited the U.K. to address Parliament in 2012 she met Travis, whose show she said she’d enjoyed while under house arrest.
I wonder if Aung San Suu Kvi would have been such a fan if she’s known what he’d apparently been up to. He is accused of indecently assaulted young women while acting in pantomimes, working as a DJ, and at the opening of a hospital radio station.
Children’s presenter Rolf Harris is also facing charges of 12 counts of indecent assault against four alleged victims between 1968 and 1986 and four counts of making indecent images of a child between March and July 2012. The 83-year-old musician and television presenter is due to go on trial on April 30 (if he lives that long – I bet he’s praying every night that he’ll die in his sleep and avoid having to pay for his revolting crimes).
All the charges against these three alleged pedophile perverts stem from Operation Yewtree, which started after the death of the monstrous Jimmy Savile, who raped and abused children for years, while hospital staff and other so-called “responsible adults and even TV reporters and schedulers turned a blind eye! Apparently Harris, Roache and “Travis” are not thought to have been in cahoots with Savile – but does that really matter? It seems that a celebrity can do charitable work, raise money for needy children, then be allowed to rape those children. Monsters like this have to be watched carefully. Otherwise who knows how many more kids will have their innocence torn from then.
Even though I’m not a religious person, I really hope Jimmy Savile is suffering eternal torment. And if Roache, “Travis” and Harris are guilty of the allegations made against them, I hope they will suffer for a long time. They are evil.