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BBC Admits That It Received Complaints Of Bullying And Sexual Misconduct By Tim Westwood

5 July 2022 | 3:53 pm | Staff Writer

The media organisation has admitted it received 6 complaints about Tim Westwood's behaviour.

The BBC has today revealed in a new report that it had received multiple complaints of bullying and sexual misconduct by DJ Tim Westwood after the organisation's director general previously stated that the station had not received any.

The media organisation received six complaints by the now former Radio 1 DJ, and that Westwood had been spoken to in regards to one of the six complaints.

The complaints were lodged during his tenure at the station between 1994 and 2013 as well as his behaviour that occurred outside of the station.

Westwood was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, which was revealed by a joint investigation by The Guardian with the BBC. 

The accusations accuse the DJ of abusing his power within the music industry, with two of the women stating that he initiated unwanted sex after driving them to his London flat after a meeting about "getting into the music industry".

Another woman accused Westwood of subjecting her to unwanted oral sex and four others accused him of groping them and touching them inappropriately. 

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The allegations have been spreading for 2 years now, with hashtag #survivingtimwestwood going viral on Twitter in response to his poor behaviour.

In April of this year, Director of the station Tim Davie said that the station had received “no evidence of complaints."

In a statement to The Guardian, the BBC now state that Davie had “set out the position as he understood it at the time.

"We are aware that one of these complaints was referred to police and Mr Westwood was spoken to in relation to another complaint.”

Tim Westwood is often referred to as the biggest hip-hop DJ in the UK, acting as the spokesperson and platform for the genre in Europe.