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Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood accused of sex with 14-year-old girl

Westwood is yet to respond to the latest allegations

By Nick Reilly

Tim Westwood poses at a 2019 event
Tim Westwood (Picture: Alamy)

Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood has been accused of having sex with a young woman on several occasions that allegedly began when she was 14.

As BBC News reports, Westwood has been labelled a “predator” by the woman, who says he was in his 30s at the time of the incident.

It is the latest allegation to face the former BBC DJ, who was accused of sexual misconduct earlier this year by women who allege he used his position of power within in the music industry to exploit them.

The 64-year-old was accused of predatory sexual behaviour in a series of incidents that allegedly occurred between 1992 and 2017.

Seven women outlined their accounts and experiences with Westwood as part of an extensive joint investigation by The BBC and The Guardian. Westwood has denied all the allegations.

Two of the women say they were looking for a break into the music industry and agreed to meet Westwood in London to talk about music. They allege that Westwood drove them to a flat and initiated unwanted sex. Westwood was allegedly 53 at the time, while one of the women was 19.

Another woman says that she was subjected to unwanted oral sex when she was 17 and Westwood was in his mid 30s. Other allegations include claims that Westwood repeatedly groped the bottoms and breasts of young women while posing for photographs at events where he was DJing.

The alleged victims – whose names have been changed – gave their testimonies for a 30-minute documentary, Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, which is available to watch now via the BBC iPlayer.

Westwood, who is now 64, has been one of the UK’s most recognisable names in hip-hop and rap since he started hosting on BBC Radio 1 back in 1994. He hosted early interviews with Jay-Z and became a stalwart of the station until his departure in 2014.

 He went on to host a show on Capital Xtra, but has left the network in the wake of the allegations.

If you are aged 16+ and have experienced rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse or any other type of sexual violence you can contact Rape Crisis on 0808 802 9999.