Radio silence on Tim Westwood sexual misconduct claims

Radio silence on Tim Westwood sexual misconduct claims

Bosses at Tim Westwood’s Capital FM ‘ban mention of sex claims against DJ in news bulletins – including on sister stations LBC and Classic FM’

  • Tim Westwood has stepped down from Capital Xtra show ‘until further notice’ 
  • Veteran hip hop DJ is currently facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct 
  • 64-year-old is accused of ‘predatory behaviour’ and groping by multiple women 
  • The DJ has strenuously denied all claims and described the allegations as false 

Tim Westwood’s bosses at Capital FM and sister stations LBC and Classic FM tried to stop listeners hearing that one of their star DJs was accused of sexual misconduct, it was claimed today.

The 64-year-old son of the former Bishop of Peterborough has been accused of groping the bottoms and breasts of black women at gigs or initiating unwanted sex with others.

Global, which owns Capital and other stations, had already faced criticism after it refused to probe the star when claims first surfaced online two years ago. 

And today The Guardian claimed management told its journalists to avoid reporting the allegations. Staff in Global’s newsroom told the newspaper they had been asked to avoid mentioning the allegations, revealed in a BBC3 documentary: Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power. The company declined to comment. 

Westwood was forced to step down from Capital Xtra last week in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Tim Westwood, pictured with Cardi B, has stepped down from his Capital Xtra show after nine years following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct

Westwood’s bosses at Global, whose HQ is close to Trafalgar Square, are accused of telling their journalists to avoid reporting on the claims 

The bishop’s son, 64, parted ways with the station ‘until further notice’ after seven women accused him of predatory sexual behaviour.

Labour MP Jess Phillips said at the time: ‘Surely an investigation of allegations is the least that should be done.

‘Organisations should have systems in place to investigate complaints against their staff.’

‘He offered work experience, then started kissing my neck’ 

Westwood, pictured above in 2005, is at the centre of a sexual misconduct storm after allegations were levelled against him in recent years

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 materialised.

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

But it bowed to pressure following a joint investigation by the Guardian and the BBC.

Global said in a statement: ‘Following the claims that have recently come to light, Tim Westwood has stepped down from his show until further notice.’

Westwood was also removed from two of the bank holiday weekend events that he had been due to appear at.

Three women have accused the hiphop DJ of opportunistic and predatory sexual behaviour while four others allege he groped them at events.

Most of these are alleged to have taken place when he worked at the BBC, although its director general said no complaints were made to the Corporation at the time.

Two women say they agreed to come to London to meet the DJ to discuss music as they were hoping to work in the industry. They accuse Westwood of picking them up from the train station in his car and driving them to his flat, where he forced himself on them.

Westwood strongly denies the claims.

It is understood none of the women made formal complaints and there is no known current police investigation into the star.

Westwood joined Capital Xtra in 2014 after losing his job at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra where he had worked from 1994 to 2013. 

BBC director general Tim Davie described the testimony of the women as ‘powerful and appalling’.

He called for anyone else with evidence to come forward but said he had seen ‘no evidence of complaints’ during Westwood’s time at the corporation.

‘I’ve asked and we looked at our records and we’ve seen no evidence,’ said Davie.

‘I do think now we’re in a position where we’re very clear on culture, which is every complaint has to be taken seriously.

‘If something like this were raised or anything comes up, we investigate it fully. And I would hope we were doing that in that time as well.

‘I would simply say if people have evidence where things weren’t followed up, or they have concern in this area, bring it to us. We want to investigate it.’

All seven alleged victims were black and aged in their late teens to early 20s at the time of the alleged incidents between 1992 and 2017.

They came forward after anonymous allegations of inappropriate behaviour about Westwood started circulating on social media in June 2020. The DJ denied any wrongdoing at the time.

Tim Westwood urges a woman to keep her top off at an event filmed for his YouTube channel shown on the BBC’s Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power documentary 

On one occasion he also cuddled a woman while looking down her top and asking: ‘I like your rack – is it real?’

On another occasion he held on to a woman’s arm having told her she was beautiful while backstage at a festival

Students have accused Westwood of inappropriate behaviour when he performs at university Freshers’ events.

He was heard shouting out to fans at one: ‘Girl in the front row with the black dress on, I will be f****** you later.’

He told another girl: ‘Security have told me you need to wear a sports bra.’ Despite the claims he has continued to tour universities and even performed at Norwich freshers’ week last autumn.

Westwood was due to appear at a number of events over the next month but the listings have disappeared from his website.

An appearance at the Empire in Bedford, which was due to take place on April 29, was scrapped and a statement from his management shared on Instagram says: ‘In light of the allegations, this event has been cancelled.

‘Tim Westwood denies all allegations of wrongdoing. Apologies for inconvenience this may cause to your bank holiday weekend.’

A spokesman for Westwood said he ‘strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour’, adding: ‘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.’

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