DJ Tim Westwood ‘strongly denies’ allegations of sexual misconduct by several women

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DJ Tim Westwood has “strenuously denied” several allegations of sexual misconduct by women who say he abused his position in the music industry to take advantage of them, according to media reports.

Three women have accused the former Radio 1 DJ of opportunistic and predatory sexual behaviour, while four others claim they were groped by him at events, The Guardian reports following a joint investigation with the BBC.

The women were in their late teens or early 20s when the alleged incidents happened. The earliest alleged incident reportedly took place in 1992; the most recent in 2017.

Sky News has contacted representatives for Westwood for comment, and both the BBC and The Guardian say he “strenuously denies” the allegations. According to The Guardian’s report, a spokesperson for the DJ said they were completely false and denied in their entirety.

The 64-year-old DJ was an early champion of hip-hop in the UK and hosted the first nationally-broadcast rap show on UK radio from 1994.

After almost 20 years on Radio 1, he left the station in 2013 and currently has a show on Capital XTRA.

The women accusing him are set to tell their stories in a BBC Three documentary, Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, which airs on Tuesday night.

The seven women are all black, and say they met Westwood through his work. They have remained anonymous and do not know each other, according to the BBC.

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