An ex-pirate radio presenter and ‘friend’ of Jimmy Savile who is accused of multiple sex offences has denied going on holiday to Blackpool with the disgraced DJ.
Ray Teret, 73, is on trial accused of a string of historic sex allegations involving 17 women across four decades dating back to 1962.
However, he told a court, that despite being described as Savile’s driver, he had not been in contact with the star from the mid 60s to the end of the 70s and denied holidaying in Blackpool with him.
One of the complainants says she was aged 15 in the 1960s when Teret took her back to a flat in Manchester where he and Savile raped her.
A jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court has heard that the disgraced late BBC broadcaster taught Teret how to become a DJ and take to the decks at Jimmy Savile’s Disc Club in Manchester.
Teret agreed Savile taught him “the nuts and bolts of the job”, but said he worked for him for only eight months.
He said: “He disappeared from Manchester and went back to Leeds. On an odd occasion when he came over I got a message saying Savile is going to be at the fire station or at the town hall or wherever and would you meet him, and I went.”
Prosecutor Tim Evans asked him: “Did you go on holiday together in the 1970s?” Teret replied: “No, never.”
Mr Evans reminded him that press coverage of this court case included a photograph of him sitting next to Savile in deckchairs, which referred to the defendant’s “skinny legs and tight blue denim shorts”.
Teret said: “I don’t have skinny legs and we were not sitting on deckchairs, we were sitting on ordinary chairs.”
He said he thought the photograph was taken in Blackpool in 1978 and the occasion was “a handicapped children’s outing which Mr Savile did”.
Teret, of Altrincham, Cheshire, said: “It wasn’t a holiday.” Teret told the court that Savile often referred to him as “my accountant” and they did not regard each other as friends. He said: “He didn’t introduce me to anyone. He would say this is my driver, my mechanic, my cleaner. He would make up something, whatever dream came into his head.”
Teret, who has a previous conviction for unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 16 , denies 18 rapes, two other serious sexual assaults, one attempted rape, 11 indecent assaults and two counts of indecency with a child.