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Tim Westwood Steps Down From His Radio Show Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Tim Westwood Steps Down From His Radio Show Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

DJ Tim Westwood has stepped down from his Capital Xtra show 'until further notice' following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Three women have accused Westwood of opportunistic and predatory sexual behaviour, while four others claim they were groped by him at events.

Mr Westwood 'strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour'.

A Global spokesperson said: "Following the claims that have recently come to light, Tim Westwood has stepped down from his show until further notice."

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A statement from Westwood’s representative to the PA news agency on Tuesday 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.”

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The Guardian and the BBC are currently undergoing a joint investigation.

The allegations were detailed in a BBC Three documentary, Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, which aired on Tuesday evening.

Director-General of the BBC, Tim Davie, was asked at the Voice of the Listener & Viewer spring conference about the possibility that complaints to the BBC about Westwood were ignored due a lack of diversity.

Davie said of the documentary: “It is shocking, and the testimony of the women is powerful and appalling.

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“By the way, I credit the BBC and Guardian teams for going after the story. I think that that’s absolutely what we should be doing.

“I’ve seen no evidence of complaints. I’ve asked and we looked at our records and we’ve seen no evidence.”

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He added: “I do think now we’re in a position where we’re very clear on culture, which is every complaint has to be taken seriously. If something like this were raised or anything comes up, we investigate it fully. And I would hope we were doing that in that time as well.

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“I would simply say if people have evidence where things weren’t followed up, or they have concern in this area, bring it to us. We want to investigate it.”

He continued: “The one thing I know is you have to look at yourself and say: ‘Did I know anything?’ and in this case, I’ve seen no evidence that I did, but we will follow up anything and we’ll dig and dig and dig.

“It’s shocking to see those testimonies. But more generally, if people have got evidence of wrongdoing, absolutely, we need to bring it forward."

Westwood was due to appear at a number of events over the next month but the listings have disappeared from his website.

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Topics: UK News

Anish Vij
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