Ex-BBC presenter, 60, who denies performing sex acts on underage boys in front of her husband claiming she was ‘body-conscious’ posed naked for a ‘Naughty But Nice’ charity calendar
- Julie Wadsworth, 60, is accused of having sex with a boy aged between 14 and 18
- In evidence she said she was ‘flattered’ by his interest during woodland liaison
- DJ was with husband Tony Wadsworth, 69, when boy emerged from bushes
- She said he ‘groped’ her bosom while she ‘just finished off what he was doing’
- Similar encounter happened shortly after and after bumping into same boy in a garden centre the couple allegedly invited him home to do some gardening
- Couple deny five counts of outraging public decency between in mid nineties
- Mrs Wadsworth denies 12 charges of indecent assault, Mr Wadsworth denies 10
An ex-BBC presenter who denies child sex offences in public woodland and claimed she was body-conscious posed naked for a ‘Naughty But Nice’ charity calendar, a court has heard.
Julie Wadsworth’s photoshoot was for Children in Need, with one image showing her visible from the shoulders up in an over-sized golf bag and another portraying her as Lady Godiva.
Mrs Wadsworth was again tackled by the prosecution about her alleged body confidence issues, after it was also revealed her husband had shot an up-skirt video of his wife.
She is on trial at Warwick Crown Court alongside spouse and former co-presenter Tony Wadsworth, with both accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity in Warwickshire woods between 1992 and 1996.
Mrs Wadsworth has accepted having sexual encounters with ‘young men’ in the woods, but has repeatedly denied they were children.
Miranda Moore QC, prosecuting, asked Mrs Wadsworth: ‘You have given us all the impression that you are so body-conscious, you wouldn’t display yourself in public.’
Julie Wadsworth, 60, says the boy was touching himself while watching her and husband Tony Wadsworth, 69, (pictured together today) petting in Warwickshire woodland in 1997
Julie Wadsworth, 60, (pictured modelling for a 2002 fashion shoot) admitted she performed a sex act on a 14-year-old boy after being ‘flattered’
Giving evidence in her defence today, Mrs Wadsworth claimed she still suffered low body confidence.
But Mrs Moore put it to the defendant that she had ‘courted publicity’.
She asked: ‘You would have photographs taken as what I would describe as saucy poses, wouldn’t you?’
Mrs Wadsworth said she had only had such pictures taken for work purposes and the charity calendar.
The former broadcaster also denied sunbathing topless in public, as some complainants have alleged, adding it was ‘not illegal’ to do so in private.
Complainants have claimed they were approached and propositioned by a knicker-less Mrs Wadsworth, wearing white stockings, near woodland – while Mr Wadsworth would allegedly keep watch.
The couple previously worked for BBC Leicester and Birmingham-based BBC WM.
Mrs Moore asked her: ‘We have heard evidence of you being in the woods without your underwear on, can you remember that?
The 60-year-old replied: ‘No, I never did it.’
Mrs Wadsworth said she hated white stockings, but did own a pair of long white socks worn in ‘Jennifer Aniston-style’ as ‘a bit of fun’ at a Christmas-time family gathering at home.
She said: ‘It’s not something I would walk out in.’
However, when presented with prosecution evidence she accepted wearing ‘a dress and stockings’ for her and her husband’s Late Show BBC programme, entitled ‘Julie’s Christmas Stocking’.
Mrs Wadsworth told the court that ‘word got around’ that she and her husband (pictured together in 1997) were meeting in woodland for sexual liaisons so they stopped it
Mrs Wadsworth (pictured modelling for the Birmingham Mail) told the court she’d had a breast enlargement to boost her self esteem
The Crown’s barrister then asked about whether she had posed for a video filmed by her husband, in which she appeared topless.
Mrs Moore asked: ‘You have a video of your husband shooting a video up your skirt?’
But the former DJ said the video was nothing out of the ordinary ‘if you’ve got a husband who appreciates you’.
Asked about the charity calendar, Mrs Wadsworth said ‘it was a Children in Need calendar called Naughty But Nice’, sold to listeners to raise donations.
Mrs Moore asked: ‘You were somebody who was very happy to do a Calendar-Girl style calendar, and weren’t body conscious at all as long as it passed the standards of the BBC?’
The defendant replied: ‘It was no different to that (Calendar Girls), it was not salacious at all.’
Mrs Wadsworth (pictured left after winning a BBC TV job) – who broadcasts under the name Julie Mayer – was working the BBC WM station in Birmingham at the time of the allegations
Mrs Wadsworth was then asked about alleged sexual activity in the woods, including her ‘first encounter’ of ‘mutual masturbation’ with a male who she claimed came across she and her husband, while ‘petting’ in the trees.
She said: ‘We didn’t say no, and when he walked forward we accepted that it was all of the moment, of sexual arousal.
‘We were in a situation, he came forward and it happened.’
Later, Mrs Moore asked her: ‘Is that you problem Mrs Wadsworth – you’re just going to get your jollies however you want?’
She replied: ‘I don’t have a problem.’
Mrs Wadsworth then claimed she was a ‘victim’ of the process, adding: ‘The reason I use the word victim is because I am being victimised for something I did not do.’
Asked about another encounter involving what the prosecution claim was three children, Mrs Wadsworth accepted the incident happened but denied they were underage.
She said: ‘No, they weren’t boys, they were men – I can tell by the way they looked, they were 17 or older.’
Couple: Mr and Mrs Wadsworth were known as the ‘Richard and Judy of local radio’ while working for the BBC
The couple, from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, deny five counts of outraging public decency which allege they engaged in sexual activity ‘against a tree’ in view of others between July 1992 and June 1996.
Mrs Wadsworth, has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of indecent assault, while her 69-year-old husband denies nine counts of the same offence.
She admitted she performed a sex act on a 14-year-old boy after being ‘flattered’ when he started watching her ‘petting’ with fellow DJ Tony, 69, and then walked towards them with his ‘hands down his trousers’.
She told Leamington Spa Crown Court yesterday she helped him ‘finish what he was doing’ – but insisted he told them he was 17.
The 60-year-old said after meeting the teenager in the woods a similar encounter happened a year later and it turned into a foursome involving two other boys who groped her breasts and pleasured themselves.
She said: ‘When they left, I said to my husband ‘I think word is getting around and we must not come back down here’. And we didn’t. We didn’t go back down to the woods after.’
Leamington Spa Crown Court heard the alleged victim was invited to join in one of couple’s woodland trysts in Mancetter Park, near Atherstone, Warwickshire
Leamington Spa Crown Court heard the couple’s woodland trysts took place in Mancetter Park, near Atherstone, Warwickshire.
The radio host did admit sexually touching the 14-year-old boy to police after her arrest.
But Mrs Wadsworth – known on radio as Julie Mayer – told a jury she believed he was 17 at the time and denied his claims they slept together 15 times as she avoided sex because it ’caused her pain’.
She added: ‘I don’t even have sex with my husband.’
Giving evidence she said she was ‘flattered’ by the attention after she saw him touching himself as he watched her ‘petting’ with her husband.
Mrs Wadsworth – who told the court she’d had a breast enlargement to boost her self esteem – described how the alleged victim approached the couple with his ‘hands down his trousers’.
The radio host (left today) – who previously worked for BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio WM in Birmingham – did admit sexually touching the boy while with her husband (right)
She then said they ‘didn’t talk at all’ as he ‘groped her bosom’ while she ‘just finished off what he was doing’.
Speaking about the second encounter with the boy she said: ‘It was very similar to the first. Tony and I were in the out woods and we were petting again.
‘I don’t know how he found us, but he did. I didn’t expect him to turn up. When I first noticed him he just came straight over. He was standing there, waiting for acknowledgement, and he got it.
‘When he came over he expected the same thing to happen again. It did. It didn’t last for very long and there didn’t appear to be anyone else there.
‘Then we just waited for him to leave, and eventually he went out of the wooded area.
‘There was some talk this time. I cannot remember word for word what was said, but I remember him saying he was 17. I cannot remember how it came about in conversation, but I believed him.’
Evidence: In the dock Mrs Wadsworth said she and her husband (together today) were told by the boy that he was 17
Between that occasion and the next time she saw the boy, Mrs Wadsworth had sexual liaisons with two teenagers whilst a third watched on.
She added: ‘When I first became aware of this group we [Tony and I] were petting. We were touching each other. I was absolutely not sunbathing topless.
‘I’ve always been a bit insecure about my body. A bikini is fine, but I do not like exposing my breasts in public. They were about 18 years old.
‘They came forward as if they knew what was going to happen. I thought: ‘Oh, word has got around’.
‘With two of them a similar thing happened. One came and fondled my breast, and there was masturbating. Then it was the same with the other one.
‘The last one was standing back, watching. They moved away and then there was jeering and shouting.
‘When they left, I said to my husband ‘I think word is getting around and we must not come back down here’. And we didn’t. We didn’t go back down to the woods after.’
Mrs Wadsworth denied ever having sexual intercourse with the alleged victim.
Julie Wadsworth, now 60, is accused of seducing the then 14-year-old after inviting him to ‘come and have a play’ – she claims they never spoke during a liaison in the woods
She also denied owning a ‘flasher’s Mac’, which the court heard she had worn to the woods for some of the alleged sex sessions, or ever having a dolphin tattoo as one of her accusers described.
She branded a claim from one alleged victim that she had once attempted to coax him out of his family home for al fresco sexual activity ‘totally outrageous’.
Her husband sat listening intently to the evidence in the dock, with the aid of a hearing loop.
Three years after promising never to go back into the woods, the pair bumped into the first boy at a garden centre, the court heard.
Mr and Mrs Wadsworth invited the boy, who they believed to be ‘in his 20s’ to do some gardening at their home.
Mrs Wadsworth said: ‘He made conversation with us. Before we left he flippantly made a remark and said ‘If you want any gardening done…’.
The alleged victim told a jury yesterday how he ended up losing his virginity to the BBC radio presenter, who broadcasts and is in the dock alongside her husband, Tony Wadsworth, 69, pictured today
‘We did take him up on his offer. Tony would not have minded him coming in. He knew that he came round for the gardening. We had a history, obviously.
‘We were friendly with one another, and when my husband was not in or was in another part of the house, he would be very touchy-feely. He was testing the ground to see how I would react, and I didn’t push him away.
‘For the first time I felt attractive. It was flattering for a young man to give me attention. We went to the living room where it became more than touchy feely.
‘He touched my breast and we did mutual masturbation. There was absolutely not any full intercourse, I don’t even have sex with my husband.
‘There was another similar incident the next time he came round, I think. He would have been in his 20’s at that time. I told my husband about it shortly afterwards.
‘Because we had had history and it was not a threat before, Tony didn’t see it as a threat now. We have a very strong marriage. But Tony was concerned that he would, and indeed was, becoming overly attached. So we stopped it.’
The veteran broadcaster said her arrest on the December 10, 2015 left her in a state of depression and contributed to the death of her mother on Christmas Day last year.
She added: ‘It is a day I shall never forget. As a result of the arrest I had to move my mother out of her house, because of the publicity.
‘She was 83. It had an adverse effect on her, and at Christmas [last year] she died.
‘When I was arrested in the early hours of the morning by six policemen, and put in a cell for 12 hours, it hit me hard. I have been on medication for depression since.’
The man involved, who is now aged 37, previously told a court he had a threesome with the pair – nicknamed the ‘Richard and Judy of Local Radio’ – at their home.
She is accused of seducing the then 14-year-old after inviting him to ‘come and have a play’ when he and a group of under-age friends found her sunbathing topless in woods.
The alleged victim tried to contact her years later on Facebook after ‘fantasising’ about their sex sessions, the court was told.
He told a jury how he ended up losing his virginity to the BBC radio presenter. The man said the encounters petered out when he was aged around 20 because he believed the couple considered him ‘too old’.
Giving evidence about historic allegations dating back to the mid-1990s yesterday, the alleged victim, now a 37-year-old man, said he ended up having sex with Mrs Wadsworth up to 15 times at the marital home or in woods while her husband watched or performed a sex act.
On one occasion the boy said he engaged in a threesome with Mr and Mrs Wadsworth.
Another session began after he went into the rough to retrieve a golf ball during a round on an adjacent course, and was accosted by Mrs Wadsworth, who appeared from the bushes and persuaded him to perform a sex act on her.
The court heard the man continued seeing the wife both before and after he left school, when the Wadsworths – who were broadcasting on the BBC WM station in Birmingham at the time – began turning up at his place of work.
Another alleged victim of the couple claimed she had a sexual encounter with him before saying ‘go and get one of your mates’
Giving evidence at Warwick Crown Court, the man said that years later, he tried to contact Mrs Wadsworth – known on radio as Julie Mayer – via Facebook in a bid to ‘incite relations’.
He also tried e-mailing the ‘contact a presenter’ section on the website of BBC Radio Leicester, where the couple were working up until their arrest two years ago, but heard nothing back on either occasion.
The alleged victim denied being obsessed with Mrs Wadsworth but admitted he sometimes fantasised about the sexual encounters when he was ‘drunk and depressed’.
He said: ‘I had possibly sent them Facebook requests but they weren’t accepted. She rejected me in 2001, I was probably too old.
‘I was not wholly obsessed but would I have times where I was drunk and depressed and thought about it, yes. That is probably why you’re not meant to have sex with underage kids because that is what it does to them.’
He said the messages went unanswered and he had not spoken to the couple since the 1990s, adding: ‘I would still fantasise about having relations with Julie Wadsworth and maybe I was trying to incite that in the message.’
The man said he only realised the couple were BBC presenters after leaving school, when he heard them on the radio and recognised Mrs Wadsworth’s voice.
They turned up at his place of work around six or seven times, he added, remembering how Julie once described him as a ‘fit young man’ as she asked for help in carrying an item to her car.
David Hislop QC, defending Mrs Wadsworth, suggested to the man: ‘There was no underage sex between you and Julie Wadsworth.’
The man said that was ‘nonsense’. He also denied having become ‘wholly obsessed’ with the female radio presenter, only reporting the couple to police when his ‘heart-felt’ messages were ignored.
The couple, of Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, deny five counts of outraging public decency. Mrs Wadsworth also denies 12 indecent assaults, while her husband denies ten.
The incidents were reported to police in 2015 after the victim attended a child protection course as part of his job, and realised that he may have been ‘groomed’ himself.
He gave the name of friends he had gone to the woods with and, after the Wadsworths were charged, another group of boys came forward describing similar incidents three years earlier.
The trial continues.