Tim Westwood sexual misconduct hotline receives “important information”

“Your evidence will assist me in my task of independently establishing whether the BBC knew of concerns and responded appropriately to them.”

She continued: “If you have been thinking of contributing but have not been sure about whether to do so, please do get in touch now.”

In a previous statement, Davis said: “We know that it’s not easy to come forward. We want to make certain those who want to do so can speak directly to someone who has experience and expertise of these sensitive matters.”

Tim Westwood
Tim Westwood. Credit: Lorne Thomson/Redferns

Those wanting to contact the phone line can do so, 24 hours a day, until May 19 on 08000 121 838.

Alternatively, those wanting to come forward can also email their evidence confidentially and anonymously to the address here.

Last month, it was reported that Westwood had been interviewed under caution by police in relation to five sexual offence allegations that are said to have occurred in London between 1982 and 2016.

The DJ stepped down from his Capital Xtra radio show shortly after the initial allegations were published in April 2022. Last summer, the BBC revealed that it had received six allegations of misconduct against Westwood, one of which was handed over to police.

In a further investigation, the BBC News documentary Hip Hop’s Open Secret: Tim Westwoodthe DJ was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s.

A statement from a representative for Westwood last year read: “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.”

It added: “Tim Westwood strongly rejects all allegations of wrongdoing.”

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.