Tim Westwood Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
DJ Tim Westwood has vehemently denied sensational allegations on social media that he has behaved inappropriately with student fans.
Allegations against the 62-year-old who is considered a major figure in the hip hop and rap scene appeared on Twitter.
One woman detailed her experience on Twitter with the heading #survivingTimWestwood.
Tim Westwood said allegations made against him on Twitter are ‘false and without any foundation’. In, a statement to MailOnline Westwood hit out at the ‘fabricated allegations’ and said they were false and without any foundation.
He said: ‘I can categorically say that I have never had an inappropriate relationship with anyone under the age of 18.’I am aware of attempts by anonymous sources to make fabricated allegations online. I can confirm that such allegations are false and without any foundation.’
The DJ has worked for several stations including BBC Radio 1 and is currently on Capital ExtraWestwood’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 the police with any of her allegations.
Others responding to the twitter messages called on bosses at Global Radio, where Westwood works for Capital Extra, to investigate his behavior towards young black women. A petition #mutetimwestwood on the Change.org site called for an investigation to be launched into his behavior and had attracted over 150 signatures.
The person who launched the petition said Westwood had a reputation among black female students, writing: ‘He has forged for himself as a hip-hop icon and proponent of Black British culture – with all the privilege that his whiteness allows him.
’The 62-year-old’s DJ persona as a middle-class, middle-aged white man who acts like he’s young, black and straight outta the ‘hood’ has landed him countless awards, accolades and opportunities – and power.’
The allegations made on Twitter are all unproved with the complainant refusing to identify herself. A spokesman for Capital Extra addressed the blocking of Twitter users who commented on the allegations during Westwood’s Saturday show.
The spokesman said: ‘It’s important to clarify a member of Tim’s team blocked a twitter account so the offensive allegations wouldn’t disturb the show, this was not approved, and was an error of judgment by this individual and nothing to do with anyone at Capital XTRA.’ Westwood, son of the former Bishop of Peterborough, is a well-known figure on the hip hop scene.
He began his career with local radio before joining Capital Radio in London and was later given his own show by BBC Radio 1.
Westwood is considered among the most influential rap and hip hop DJ in Europe and is a winner of numerous radio industry awards, including best radio DJ in the Music of Black Origin ceremony. Westwood is considered among the most influential rap DJs in EuropeBut his connection with music often associated with gangs led to David Cameron, then leader of the Conservative Party, accusing Westwood’s show of encouraging gun and knife crime.
The DJ, who is single, rejected the allegation.
In 1999 he was the victim of a drive-by shooting in south London after leaving a concert. Two men on a motorbike pulled up alongside his Range Rover and fired several shots.
Westwood suffered an arm injury and later said the attack was part of an extortion attempt by a gang. Last week he was present at a lockdown party in Essex were after he left three men were shot, with 50-year-old Robert Powell dying from his wounds.
Westwood had been filming a cameo appearance for a drill rap video at the party and had left two hours before a gunman opened fire on a group of people standing outside a house in Harlow, Essex.