As the personal hell of former DJ Dave Lee Travis continues , there is still no prospect of justice in sight Russell Joslin – a male DJ whose sexual harassment by a colleague was so severe that he actually killed himself.
Whilst the life of Dave Lee Travis is destroyed for fondling the boobs of a woman nearly two decades ago, the abuse and consequent suicide of Russell Joslin appears to be all but forgotten. In fact, instead of facing trial and a stay in prison as a sex offender, the alleged abuser of Joslin – fellow DJ Liz Kershaw – is free to make money from an autobiography that portrays HIM as a pervert who made HER ‘feel uncomfortable’.
Russell Joslin apparently went out for a meal with colleague Liz Kershaw, and after spurning her sexual advances, she allegedly began leaving threatening and demeaning messages on his answering machine describing him as a ‘flake’ and a ‘loser’. Joslin complained to their employee – the BBC – and when they refused to take his complaint seriously, he suffocated himself.
Mr Joslin, who as a reporter at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, is believed to have received a series of phone messages from Ms Kershaw after they argued during a meal out together in 2007 and he apparently walked out on her in a restaurant, leaving her to find her own way back to Coventry. The phone messages branded him a ‘flake’ and ‘a loser’.
Ms Kershaw, now 54, worked at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire between 2005 and 2011.
While there is no evidence that the messages contributed to the death of Mr Joslin, who was being treated in a psychiatric hospital when he died, his family claim that he was left ‘a shadow of his former self’ because he felt bosses failed to act on his complaints.
The BBC has launched an investigation, but the family are demanding a fully independent inquiry.
Mr Joslin’s father Peter, 77, the retired chief constable of Warwickshire, said last night: ‘When Liz Kershaw joined BBC Coventry and Warwickshire she did not know the area and for some reason Russell was chosen to show her around.
‘He quite enjoyed it, I think, until this particular incident but after that life became very tough for him.
‘We have the recordings of what she said to him. Russell, being a good reporter, actually recorded the messages as they were being left.
‘They were very unpleasant and she made it clear that she felt she was on a different level to him. A lot of things happened because he had to carry on working with her. He did not tell us everything but it badly affected him.
….The allegation that Ms Kershaw, made the calls to Mr Joslin came after she claimed last month there was a culture of sexual harassment of women at Radio 1 and that she was groped while broadcasting live.