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Tim Westwood accused of sexual misconduct in new BBC documentary

By | Published on Wednesday 27 April 2022

Tim Westwood

Former BBC Radio 1 presenter Tim Westwood has been accused of sexual misconduct by seven women in a new BBC Three documentary. The accusations, brought to light by a joint investigation by the BBC and The Guardian, span 1992 to 2017.

Westwood – who denies the allegations – is accused of abusing his position in the music industry, with three of the women saying that he agreed to meet them on the premise of discussing their careers in music before pressuring them into sex.

Four other women accuse Westwood of groping them as they posed with him for photographs at events.

In a statement, a rep for Westwood said: “Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour. In a career that has spanned 40 years, there have never been any complaints made against him officially or unofficially. Tim Westwood strongly rejects all allegations of wrongdoing”.

However, this is not the first time allegations against Westwood have arisen. In 2020 he issued a statement to MailOnlinedenying accusations made via an anonymous Twitter account. It is reportedly those allegations that prompted the women featured in the documentary to come forward.

Westwood joined Radio 1 in 1994 to host the station’s first rap show, after making a name for himself on pirate and then commercial radio. He has been a prominent figure in hip hop in the UK ever since, although he left the BBC in 2013.

You can watch ‘Tim Westwood: Abuse Of Power’ on BBC iPlayer here.