Young women say DJ Tim Westwood pressured them into unwanted sex
‘It was disgusting and I felt like s*** afterwards’: Young women say DJ Tim Westwood pressured them into unwanted sex, groped bottoms and breasts as he took advantage of his powerful position in rap world
- Renowned DJ Tim Westwood is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct
- 64-year-old accused of ‘predatory behaviour’ and groping by multiple women
- The DJ has strenuously denied all claims and described the allegations as false
Young women say DJ Tim Westwood pressured them into unwanted sex, and groped bottoms and breasts as he took advantage of his powerful position in the rap world.
Three women accused the 64-year-old of initiating unwanted sex, while four others allege he groped them 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.
Three women, aged 17, 19 and 20 at the time they met Westwood, describe a pattern of alleged ‘opportunist and predatory sexual behaviour’ 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.
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.
‘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.’
Young women say DJ Tim Westwood pressured them into unwanted sex, and groped bottoms and breasts as he took advantage of his powerful position in the rap world
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 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 levelled against Westwood on social media two years ago.
One 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 materialised.
Using the alias Pamela, she said: ‘I’m in London alone with this guy who is a lot older than me. Now if I try to get out of it who’s to say how he is going to react. So I just submit to it.
‘It was really weird and from the back he’s pulling my hair and I’m thinking ‘f***, motherf*****’s going to rip my hair out’. And I remember him going out to the bathroom and I was just sat there on the bed and I remember looking for my clothes so I could get dressed quickly.
‘I don’t want this man to see me naked even though he’s just seen me naked. It’s different. Traumatic. That’s how I’d describe it. It was disgusting and I felt like s*** afterwards. Felt really disgusting. How have I let myself be subjected to that? That’s how I felt.’
A woman using the alias Pamela claims Westwood drove her to a flat in central London and initiated unwanted sex when she was 19 and he was 53
A woman, using the alias Tamara, alleges Westwood, then aged in his mid-thirties, also subjected her to unwanted sex when she was 17
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.
‘There was no talking,’ she said. ‘There was no kind of communication about that. It was just, before I knew it, that’s what was happening. I’m slim, I’m about 5ft 3in, really small, definitely in comparison to him, he’s 6ft something.
‘I think I remember trying to push either his shoulder or his head but he just continued. And then I just realised that I’m in a position where it has already gone too far.
‘I’m in a place, I’m already far from home, I wouldn’t know how to get home from here. I was manipulated into that position. I was led to believe one thing when he had something else in mind. Then he finishes and then it’s as if that hadn’t happened. He just began a conversation.’
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
Tamara said she had sex with Westwood on a few occasions over the next couple of years until she eventually told him to stop.
She added: ‘His general demeaner, in effect, completely changed. His face changed.
‘It was kind of like he couldn’t believe I was actually saying no.
‘I think I assumed he was 20-something but then much later I calculated it and I figured he would have been either 34 or 35 when I was 17. And that’s really no age for a grown man to be removing around with teenagers.’
A third woman, using the pseudonym Isabel, alleges she was 19 and the DJ was 53 when he exposed his genitals to her in a car after she gave him a mixtape showing what she could do.
She told the BBC she felt ‘completely powerless’ and ‘very, very scared’ when he allegedly exposed his genitals to her in a car’ before taking her to his flat.
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 which was in a packet with his face on and initiated sex with her while she remained ‘frozen’.
She added: ‘And then that was it. He was done. He got off. I think he left the room. I just remember feeling so deflated and so sad and feeling really ashamed of myself and bad.’
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.
Another woman 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.
Westwood, pictured above in 2005, is at the centre of a sexual misconduct storm after allegations were levelled 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
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.
A statement released by the BBC in response to Westwood’s allegations said: ‘The BBC is against all forms of inappropriate behaviour 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.
Tim Westwood, son of the former Bishop of Peterborough, is a well known and award-winning figure in the UK hip hop scene
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 unnamed woman posted messages describing a four year relationship.
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 behaviour 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.’
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