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The hip-hop DJ has been accused of “grooming” and being a “predator.”
The latest allegations come from a woman who claims Westwood first had sex with her when she was 14-years-old and the DJ was in his 30s. With the legal age of consent for sex being 16-years-old in England and Wales – as it was in the 1990s – this would likely constitute statutory rape.
Her testimony forms part of a joint investigation by The Guardian and the BBC. The claims, in which the woman says Westwood had sex with her on several occasions in the early 1990s, add to several allegations of opportunistic and predatory sexual behaviour from Westwood that The Guardian first reported on in April.
Westwood has previously strenuously denied the allegations of the seven women who featured in the original investigation in April. A spokesperson for the DJ added, at the time of the initial article, that the accusations were completely false and denied in their entirety. Westwood has also previously said “I can categorically say that I have never had an inappropriate relationship with anyone under the age of 18.”
According to The Guardian, the woman, and several others, came forward to speak to them and the BBC following that exclusive story. They state that the new allegations relate to “separate incidents of alleged abuse, misconduct and inappropriate behaviour that date from 1990 to 2020.”
The woman has described Westwood as a “predator” and told The Guardian and BBC that she felt like the DJ had groomed her. She also admitted to trying to take her own life three times. Asked how she felt about the experience now, the woman responded: “Disgusted. Angry. Upset. Dirty. Yeah, dirty. I wish I could pretend it never happened but it did.”
The publication also said that they had put the new allegations to 64-year-old Westwood but that he had not responded.
The testimonies of these and other women feature in a new BBC News documentary, Hip Hop’s Open Secret: Tim Westwood, and which the broadcaster say “raises new concerns about the 64-year-old’s behaviour over three decades.”
The BBC also state: “Other than two who are friends, none of the women we spoke to know each other or have met. All are black.”
Westwood, who began hosting BBC Radio 1’s first Rap Show in 1994 and was a big name in the hip-hop scene, stepped down from his Saturday night radio show on Capital Xtra following the first series of sexual misconduct allegations.