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Tim Westwood accused of sex with 14-year-old girl when in his 30s

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DJ Tim Westwood is facing allegations from a woman who says they had sex several times starting when she was 14.

She says Mr Westwood was in his 30s at the time and describes him as a “predator”.

The woman is one of several to come forward after an investigation by BBC News and the Guardian, with claims of misconduct and abuse dating from 1990 to 2020.

Mr Westwood did not respond to a request for comment.

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It is illegal in the UK to have sex with a 14-year-old.

In April, a number of women accused the former Radio 1 DJ of predatory and unwanted sexual behaviour and touching, in incidents between 1992 and 2017. They also accused him of abusing his position in the music industry.

BBC News and the Guardian have investigated the stories of 10 women who came forward after the initial revelations. Some of the women told us they encountered Mr Westwood when they were under 18.

One says that she was only 14 when she first had sex with Mr Westwood. Another says she was 16 when the DJ, who was in his 40s at the time, began what she says was a “controlling” relationship with her. Both women say their relationships affected their mental health.

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Two other women say they were in their mid-teens when they were sexually assaulted by Mr Westwood.

The testimonies of these and other women feature in a new BBC News documentary, Hip Hop’s Open Secret: Tim Westwood, which is available on the BBC iPlayer now and airs on BBC Three at 22:00, and raises new concerns about the 64-year-old’s behaviour over three decades.

One woman, who was 20 when she met the DJ at a student club night, says he sexually assaulted her in his hotel room by pushing his penis into her mouth while she was resisting.

He previously strenuously denied the allegations of seven women who featured in the original investigation by BBC News and the Guardian.

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In a response at the time to that BBC documentary, a spokesperson for the DJ said he denied the allegations in their entirety. They said: “Our client confirms that there has never been any complaint made against him, whether officially or unofficially, relating to claims of inappropriate behaviour of the nature described.”

After those revelations, the British hip-hop DJ stepped down from his weekly Saturday night radio show on Capital Xtra “until further notice”, according to a statement from parent company Global at the time.

Other than two who are friends, none of the women we spoke to know each other or have met. All are black.

SOURCE: BBC

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