Met Police are investigating claims Tim Westwood had sex with girl, 14
EXCLUSIVE: Met Police are investigating new claims ex-BBC and Capital Radio DJ Tim Westwood had sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl when he was in his 30s
- Hip-hop DJ and former BBC star Tim Westwood is facing fresh sex pest claims
- One woman says she was in an underage sexual relationship with Westwood
- Met Police said it was carrying out enquiries to establish further details
- The Former Radio 1 star has vehemently denied any wrongdoing or illegality
- Six misconduct allegations against DJ are being probed as part of BBC review
The Met Police has launched enquiries into former BBC and Capital Radio DJ Tim Westwood after new allegations he had sex with a 14-year-old.
Yesterday a 40-year-old woman claimed the hip-hop star, 64, had been a relationship with her when she was just a schoolgirl.
The alleged victim – who is known under the pseudonym Esther – said she felt the DJ groomed her and she was ‘prey’ to ‘predator’ Mr Westwood.
She said they began their relationship after meeting at a club night in Arch in Vauxhall in 1990, which developed into a sexual one when Westwood allegedly started kissing her before initiating unwanted sex.
This morning the Met – who will not identify any person who may, or may not be, subject to an investigation – said it treated claims of abuse as very important.
A spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The Met takes allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously and we are carrying out enquiries to establish further details.’
No-one has been interviewed under caution or similar so far.
Former Radio 1 star Westwood has vehemently denied any wrongdoing or illegality. The BBC are currently probing six misconduct allegations against him in a review.
Hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood facing fresh sex pest claims following new claims made yesterday
The Former Radio 1 star has previously vehemently denied any wrongdoing or illegality
A woman, 40 claimed the hip-hop star, 64, had been a relationship with her when she was 14
Esther said their alleged underage relationship later led to her attempting to take her own life.
She said at the time: ‘I kind of thought it was normal but that’s because I didn’t understand the gravity of the situation, she said.
‘It wasn’t a relationship and it wasn’t about love, it was just a thing, and a thing you couldn’t discuss with anybody.’
She added to the BBC she felt: ‘Disgusted. Angry. Upset. Dirty. Yeah, dirty. I wish I could pretend it never happened but it did.’
Westwood said in a statement in 2020 claims of inappropriate behaviour made against him on social media were fabricated, false and without foundation.
He said: ‘I can categorically say that I have never had an inappropriate relationship with anyone under the age of 18.’
‘Esther’ is one of 10 women who have come forward to accuse the former Radio One DJ of sexual misconduct. None of the 10 initially reported the incidents to the police.
Another woman claims she was 16 when the renowned hip-hop DJ, who was in his 40s at the time of the alleged incident, kickstarted their ‘controlling’ relationship.
DJ Tim Westwood was today accused of being a ‘predator’ after a woman claimed he had sex with her multiple times starting when she was just 14-years-old
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
A third, who was 20 when she first met Westwood while he toured clubs and student unions across the country, claims he pushed his penis into her mouth despite her resisting.
Two more women claim they were sexually assaulted by Mr Westwood.
The new allegations have come forward as part of a BBC News documentary, entitled Tim Westwood: Hip-Hop’s Open Secret, that details more than two decades worth of sexual misconduct allegations against the DJ stretching from 1990 to 2012.
Mr Westwood was contacted to provide comment.
‘Lydia’, another woman claiming to have been targeted by Westwood, says she was approached by him during a night at Caesars club in Streatham, south London.
Although she was only 16 at the time while he was in his 40s, ‘Lydia’ and Mr Westwood allegedly began an 18-month sexual relationship in which he is accused of isolating her from friends and family.
‘It was quite controlling in lots of ways,’ she told the BBC.
‘I had a home phone, and he demanded to have the password to it so he would often listen to my messages.
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
‘I wish more people had stepped in, I wish the adults who were around him, the bodyguards, the secretaries, the people who I would say were bystanders.’
Following social media allegations published in 2020, Westwood has previously ‘categorically’ denied claims he has had an ‘inappropriate relationship with anyone under the age of 18’.
Seven women came forward to accuse the DJ of initiating unwanted sexual behaviour following a joint investigation by the BBC and the Guardian earlier this year.
Following the allegations, Mr Westwood resigned from his weekly Capital Xtra radio show ‘until further notice’.
A statement from a representative of Westwood in April said: ‘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.’
10 more women have since come forward to share their allegations against the DJ since the investigation broke in April. Several claim they engaged with Mr Westwood while they were under the age of 18.
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
Westwood, pictured above in 2005, is at the centre of a sexual misconduct storm after allegations were levelled against him in recent years
The DJ, who is the son of Bill Westwood, the former Anglican bishop of Peterborough who died in 1999, began his career on local radio before joining Capital Radio in London.
He was later given his own show by BBC Radio 1.
The radio presenter left Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra in 2013 after nearly 20 years and returned to Capital Xtra to host a regular show on Saturday nights, where he was referred to as ‘The Big Dawg’.
A representative for Westwood was contacted for comment.
The news comes after the Guardian and BBC published testimonies in April from seven women who made allegations of predatory sexual behaviour against Westwood.
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 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 freshers’ 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.’
Earlier this year, Westwood was heard in unearthed clips urging a fan to stay in her bra as he ogled her on stage in the BBC3 film Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power.
The DJ was accused of groping black women at gigs in the scathing documentary.
Westwood was also filmed cat-calling a woman as she scrambled to cover up as he shouted from the decks: ‘Yo baby you don’t have to put your top back on’.
He was also caught clutching a woman while looking down her top and asking: ‘I like your rack – is it real?’.
The documentary also showed him refusing to let go of a woman’s arm after he allegedly whispered something sexual in her ear while backstage at a festival.
And another clip shows Westwood interviewing rapper Cardi B during a 2017 interview for Capital FM.
The American artist asks him: ‘Do you have sex with a lot of like, you know, black girls?’ Westwood replied after a pause: ‘Not as much as I’d like to’ in an interview where he was accused of being inappropriate towards the star.
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