Tim Westwood, the former BBC Radio1 DJ, has been accused of sexual misconduct over incidents between 1992 and 2017.
Multiple women have accused Westwood of abusing his position in the music industry, exploiting them with predatory, unwanted sexual behaviour and touching. Seven women have spoken to the BBC and the Guardian in a joint investigation. The women, all of whom are black, will tell their stories in a BBC Three documentary, Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, airing on BBC Three at 21:00 this evening.
Westwood strenuously denies the allegations.
Two of women, both aspiring to work in the industry, travelled to London to meet with Westwood. They allege the DJ drove them to a flat and initiated ‘unwanted and unexpected’ sex. One was 19 at the time, when Westwood would have been 53.
Another woman was just 17 when she met Westwood, who was then in his mid-thirties. A member of an R&B group at the time, she says she was subjected to unwanted oral sex after meeting Westwood. The four other women accuse Westwood of touching either their bottoms or breasts while posing for photographs with the DJ.
The women do not know each other and their names have been changed to protect their identities.
Allegations about Westwood’s behaviour towards young black women have long been rumoured on social media. This prompted Westwood, back in 2020, to issue a statement to the Mail Online, labelling them “fabricated allegations” without foundation.
Westwood hosted the first nationally broadcast rap show on UK radio, starting in 1994.