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DJ Travis in court on sex assault charges

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Dave Lee Travis leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in central London on August 23, 2013. The radio presenter is due to appear at crown court later charged with committing 11 indecent assaults and one sexual assault.AFP/File

Radio presenter Dave Lee Travis, who counts Myanmar pro-democracy fighter Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, will appear at crown court Friday charged with committing 11 indecent assaults and one sexual assault.

The 68-year-old former BBC star, who was arrested under the police's Operation Yewtree, will appear at London's Southwark Crown Court following last month's magistrates hearing.

The charges of indecent assault relate to eight women aged between 15 and 29 at the time of the alleged offences. They date from 1977 to 2003.

The disc jockey, whose real name is David Griffin, has consistently denied any wrongdoing since he was arrested in November.

He told the press after last month's hearing: "I am supported by my wife and my friends.

"I'd like to speak for three hours to everybody to tell you the story but no sound bites, I'm sorry," he added.

Suu Kyi said his BBC World Service music request show had helped her to get through more than two decades under house arrest.

Some 14 people have been arrested under Operation Yewtree, set up in the wake of revelations about former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.