Tim Westwood is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by women who claim he abused his position within the music industry to take advantage of them.
The 64-year-old has been accused of initiating unwanted sex by three women, while four others allege he groped their bottoms or breasts at events, reports the Guardian and BBC.
It is claimed the first alleged incident took place in 1992, while the most recent came in 2017. One woman who claims her breast was grabbed by the veteran DJ in 2000 said she was left feeling ‘cold and dirty’ after the alleged incident.
One of the women described how she ‘froze’ and felt ‘very intimated’ after Westwood allegedly said ‘lemme grab some ass’, before putting his hand down the back of her shorts after meeting the girl at a club in Ayia Napa, Cyprus in 2009.
Three others, aged 17, 19 and 20 at the time, describe a pattern of alleged ‘opportunist and predatory sexual behavior’ after agreeing to meet with him.
Two of them, who had aspirations of working within the music industry, claim they agreed to meet Westwood in London to discuss music, before he ‘initiated unwanted and unexpected sex’ that left them feeling ‘completely powerless’ and ‘scared’.
A further four women say Westwood groped them while posing for a picture with him after his nightclub performances.
Veteran DJ Tim Westwood is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by women who claim he abused his position to take advantage of them. The DJ has strenuously denied all allegations
One accuser claims Westwood (pictured) drove her to a flat in central London and initiated unwanted sex when she was 19 and he was 53. The DJ has denied all allegations
The DJ, who is not married, has strenuously denied all claims. A spokesperson for the DJ told MailOnline: ‘Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
‘IT WAS MENACINGLY SILENT… I WAS SO ASHAMED OF MYSELF’
Isabel was 19 when she says she handed Westwood her mixtape in a club, knowing he was ‘the main gatekeeper’ for a dream spot on Radio 1.
Westwood, then 53, called her the next day and invited her to come to London from her home in the Midlands.
He picked her up from the railway station, but she started to panic when he drove out of central London.
The mood turned ‘menacingly silent’ before he tapped his arm. She turned and claims he had undone his trousers and exposed his genitals. She told the BBC: ‘I’ve looked and I’ve seen and I’m like ‘oh, no, oh no,’ like, ‘oh my God’.’
Isabel* claims Westwood took her to his flat, where she felt ‘completely powerless’ and ‘very, very scared’.
Westwood allegedly left the room before re-entering ‘completely naked’. He started undoing a condom from a packet with his face on it from a promotional Durex campaign. Isabel was left ‘frozen with fear’ and ‘knew what was going to happen at this point’ as the DJ forced himself on her, she claims. ‘I just remember feeling so deflated,’ she added. ‘So sad. Feeling really ashamed of myself and bad.’
* Names have been changed to protect identities
‘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.’
The women, who do not know one another, were aged in their late teens or early 20s when they claim they were set upon by the former Radio 1 star.
Each have provided their own claims in the wake of anonymous sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Westwood on social media two years ago.
One accuser claims Westwood drove her to a flat in central London and initiated unwanted sex when she was 19 and he was 53.
She told the BBC she felt ‘completely powerless’ and ‘very, very scared’ when he allegedly exposed his genitals to her in a car’.
Another woman, who was 17 at the time, alleges Westwood, then aged in his mid-thirties, also subjected her to unwanted sex.
Using the alias Tamara, she claimed the encounter took place after giving Westwood a demo of her own work while she was a member of an R&B group.
‘Within the recording industry and the black community, despite him being a white man, he had absolute power. He could make or break your career’, she said.
But once they arrived at a London flat, she claims Westwood, without saying anything, pulled down her trousers and underwear before performing oral sex on her.
One woman, using the pseudonym Isabel, alleges she was 19 and the DJ was 53 when he exposed his genitals to her in a car.
Isabel told the BBC that upon entering a flat in London, a naked Westwood entered the room with a drink in hand. He was allegedly holding a condom and initiated sex with her while she remained ‘frozen’.
Westwood, pictured above in 2005, is at the center of a sexual misconduct storm after allegations were leveled against him in recent years
One accuser claims Westwood drove her to a flat in central London and initiated unwanted sex when she was 19 and he was 53. He has denied all of the women’s claims
Another woman was in her 20s when she told the BBC she met Westwood after reassuring her mother that it was work experience to help the DJ connect with a younger audience.
She claims when Westwood picked her up in a large American-style vehicle he started touching her inappropriately before his ‘erratic driving’ was picked up on by a police officer.
Later, in a London flat, she claims the DJ sat next to her and tried kissing her before they had sex. She claims the work experience he offered never materialized.
Other women claim Westwood groped them during photo shoots with the celebrity after his shows. One said she was aged 22, and Westwood 59, when he ‘moved his hand up the back of her skirt’ at a New Year’s Day event in London in 2017.
The women, whose identities have been anonymised, will share their accounts in a new BBC Three documentary, Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power which airs at 9pm tonight.
‘He offered work experience, then started kissing my neck’
Pamela was 20 when she says Westwood invited her for work experience at Radio 1 after meeting her through her job in the music industry.
She claims he told her he wanted to learn how to ‘get a younger audience’, and reassured her ‘stern Jamaican mother’ that she would be safe to travel to London from the Midlands. However, when he picked her up from the railway station in his car he started ‘stroking her leg and touching her face’, Pamela* claims.
Westwood allegedly took her to his flat where he began trying to kiss her neck and remove her clothing. She says she thought: ‘I’m in London alone with this man. Now if I try and get out of this, who’s to say how he’s going to react… so I just submitted to it.’
She said the ordeal in 2000 was ‘traumatic’ and ‘disgusting’. The promised work experience never materialized.
Pamela hit out at the BBC for allowing Westwood to abuse his ‘celebrity status’, adding: ‘Who are they going to believe? This little girl from the Midlands, or this big, shiny star from London?’
* Names have been changed to protect identities
A statement released by the BBC in response to Westwood’s allegations said: ‘The BBC is against all forms of inappropriate behavior and we are shocked to hear of these allegations. The BBC has strict codes of conduct for all those engaged by the BBC, including on-air presenters.’
The allegations are likely to further rock the music industry after hundreds of musicians spoke out about their struggles with bullying and harassment in 2021.
X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson previously demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the music industry and called for greater regulation to protect artists from ‘bullying’ agents and managers.
She said that she had been sexually harassed by a music executive and, in a series of tweets, claimed she knew two women who had been raped and others who had been driven close to suicide by the industry.
Westwood, son of the former Bishop of Peterborough, is a well known figure on the hip hop scene.
He began his career with local radio before joining Capital Radio in London and was later given his own show by BBC Radio 1.
Westwood is considered among the most influential rap and hip hop DJ in Europe and is a winner of numerous radio industry awards, including best radio DJ in the Music of Black Origin ceremony.
In 1999 he was the victim of a drive by shooting in south London after leaving a concert.
Two men on a motorbike pulled up alongside his Range Rover and fired several shots. Westwood suffered an arm injury and later said the attack was part of an extortion attempt by a gang.
In 2020, Westwood was forced to deny involvement in similar allegations when the hashtag #survivingTimWestwood appeared on Twitter.
Westwood’s name and the allegations began trending on Twitter after an unknown woman posted messages describing a four year relationship.
Tim Westwood, son of the former Bishop of Peterborough, is a well known and award-winning figure in the UK hip hop scene
Using the Twitter name @survivingtimwestwood she admitted she was in love with the DJ and had not gone to police with any of her allegations.
Others responding to the Twitter messages called on bosses at Global Radio, where Westwood works for Capital Xtra, to investigate his behavior towards young black women.
The renowned DJ vehemently denied sensational allegations on social media that he has behaved inappropriately with student fans.
In October 2013, Westwood was condemned by students for a ‘vulgar and sexist’ stage show he put on during a Fresher’s event at the University of Leicester.
While performing as guest DJ at the O2 Academy he was heard shouting over the microphone: ‘Girl in the front row with the black dress on, I will be f****** you later.’