Several women have accused British DJ, Tim Westwood of sexual assault, claiming that he used his influence in the music industry to exploit them.
The accusations include touching, predatory and unwelcome sexual behaviour, and happened between 1992 to 2017.
In a joint investigation undertaken by the BBC and the Guardian, seven women – who are all Black -gave detailed testimony backing their accusations which suggests that Westwood exploited his position of influence in the music industry, which the former BBC Radio 1 DJ vehemently denies.
From 1994 to 1996, the DJ was an early backer of hip-hop in the UK, hosting the first nationally broadcast rap show on UK radio.
The women share their accounts in Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, a BBC Three documentary that premieres at 21:00 on Tuesday, April 26th.
According to reports, two of the women admitted to agreeing to meet Westwood in London to talk about music as they both wanted to work in the industry. However, the then-53-year-old DJ reportedly drove them to a flat and forced them to engage in unwanted and unplanned sex, with one of them being 19 years old at the time.
Another woman told the BBC that she met Westwood, who was in his mid-30s at the time, when she was 17 and in an R&B group. She claims that after agreeing to see him, she was subjected to unsolicited oral sex.
Other accusations were leveled against Westwood by four young women who claim the DJ touched their bottoms or breasts while posing for photos with him at several events where he performed.
Neither of the women knows each other since their names have been altered to conceal their identities, as they fear possible repercussions for coming forward.
For a long time, allegations regarding Westwood’s behaviour with young black women have been circulating on social media. In a statement to the Mail Online in 2020, Westwood rejected the “fabricated allegations,” saying they were baseless and without merit.
Head to BBC for the full accounts from the alleged victims.
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