27 April 2022

Tim Westwood: All the sexual misconduct allegations against the ex-Radio 1 DJ

Seven women have accused the longstanding DJ of predatory and opportunistic misconduct.

DJ Tim Westwood is facing allegations of sexual misconduct by multiple women who say that he exploited his position in the music industry to take advantage of them, as reported by a joint investigation by the Guardian and the BBC

Three women have accused the 64-year-old former Radio 1 DJ of predatory behaviour, spanning between 1992 and 2017, and four others have claimed that they were groped by him at events. None of the women reported their interactions with Westwood to the police, and reports say that they do not know each other. 

The two publications have heard accounts from seven women, who are all Black, and were in their late teens or early 20s at the time of the purported abuse. The women, the Guardian details, decided to share their experiences after anonymous accusations against the hip-hop DJ started circulating on social media back in June of 2020. 

Westwood has denied the allegations, with a spokesperson saying, “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.” 

Here are the allegations against Westwood from the women who have come forward so far. They have all requested to remain anonymous and so speak under a pseudonym*. 

Isabel*

Isabel was 19-years-old at the time, while the former Pimp My Ride host was 53. She claims that Westwood called her one day after she passed him a demo at a club night, and suggested meeting in London. “At that moment, he was the main gatekeeper for access to what I needed to do,” she said, assuming that the DJ intended to go somewhere to speak about her music and stressed that there was nothing “flirtatious or romantic about the nature” of their conversations. During their car journey, she alleges that Westwood silently exposed himself, which made her feel “completely powerless” and scared. He later used a condom while having sex with her — she detailed feeling “frozen” at the time. Isabel added that the experience led to her dropping out of her studies and music career. 

Pamela* 

Pamela was in her 20s and active in the nation’s rap scene when her alleged encounter with Westwood transpired. The DJ, who was in his 40s, was looking to work with younger people and so invited her to do work experience. Similarly to Isabel’s story, Westwood picked up Pamela in a car and started touching her leg and face while he was driving. She refused his advances, which led to him driving erratically. A police officer stopped the vehicle, and Westwood apologised and promised to focus on the road. While she expected to stay in a hotel, the DJ drove her to what appeared to be his own home. Once there, he tried to kiss her neck and take off her clothing, despite there allegedly being “no flirtation”. When he initiated intercourse, Pamela felt like she could not escape the situation and so “I just submit to it”. “It was disgusting and I felt like shit afterwards, really disgusting,” she continued. The work experience never happened, and Pamela never spoke about the purported encounter in full until the Guardian and the BBC conducted their investigation. “People like me don’t ever get believed when we speak about stuff like this, so we don’t,” she told the publications about the “traumatic” experience. 

Tamara* 

Tamara first met Westwood when she was 17 and a member of a British R&B group. The DJ, who was in his 30s, asked to hang out and Tamara assumed it was to speak about her career. At the time, she details, he held “absolute power” and “could make or break your career”. Once they were inside, Tamara alleges that he pulled off her clothing and started performing oral sex on her. “There was no kind of communication about that. It was just before I knew it, that’s what was happening,” she said, adding that she tried to push him away. “And then I realised that you know what? I’m in a position where it’s already gone too far. I’m already far from home. I wouldn’t even know how to leave this particular place.” The pair then had causal sex two or three times over the course of three years. Recalling that time, Tamara, who now has a daughter in her 20s, says that being so young she didn’t have the “strength and courage” to say “no”. She told her story after seeing the rumours about Westwood’s behaviour circulate online, harbouring fears that his regular club nights meant he was often around young women. 

Four other women, who have been identified under pseudonyms, have claimed that they were groped by Westwood while they posed for pictures with him following DJ sets. The Guardian and the BBC have seen images and Snapchat videos that were reportedly taken during the incidents. 

Farah* 

In 2000, Farah was 19 and working on promotion during Bristol carnival when she met Westwood, in his early 40s, at an afterparty. When her team gathered to take a photograph with the DJ, he allegedly put her hand inside her shirt and groped her breast. “Just the thought of somebody doing that – I felt cold. And I felt dirty. I felt humiliated, embarrassed. That I’d done something wrong,” she told the publications. 

Claire* 

In 2009, Claire was 20 (Westwood was in his early 50s), when she queued to take a photograph with him after his set at a nightclub in Ayia Napa. She reports that Westwood said, “lemme grab some ass” and put his hand down the back of her shorts. He then asked her to come back to his place to “chill” — an offer she refused. “I was shocked, I froze and felt very intimidated,” Claire said of the encounter. 

Loretta* 

In the same year, Loretta alleges that the DJ grabbed her buttocks, and then rested his hand on her neck, while they posed for a photo following his performance at a club in Essex. “In that moment, I was kind of frozen and I didn’t really know how to react,” the then 19-year-old stated. “I mean, I know how I would react now as a grown woman, but as a teenager, I really didn’t.” 

Nyla* 

Nyla was 22-years-old when she met Westwood, then 59, when he was performing at a 2017 New Year’s Day event in London. She claimed he asked his security to invite her on stage after saying she was “the pengest girl in the rave”. At the end of the evening, when posing for a video with the DJ, she said he put his hand up the back of her skirt. “I didn’t have a chance to voice my own opinion in that moment. I didn’t really feel like a human. I just felt objectified,” she continued, adding that Westwood later tried to get in contact with her to hang out. She proceeded to end the conversation and block his number.

HUNGER have reached out to Tim Westwood’s representatives for comment. 

The women will be telling their stories in the BBC Three documentary, Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, which will air today on BBC Three at 21:00.

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