UK top DJ, Tim Westwood, has been accused of groping the bottoms and breasts of black women at gigs or initiating unwanted sex and has been forced to step down from Capital Xtra in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations.
Westwood, son of the former Bishop of Peterborough, has parted ways with the station after seven Black women accused him of predatory sexual behaviour.
Global, which owns Capital and other stations, had already faced criticism after it refused to probe the 64-year-old when claims first surfaced online two years ago.
Global said in a statement: ‘Following the claims that have recently come to light, Tim Westwood has stepped down from his show until further notice.’
Westwood was also removed from two of the bank holiday weekend events that he had been due to appear at.
Three women have accused the hiphop DJ of opportunistic and predatory sexual behaviour while four others allege he groped them at events.
Most of these are alleged to have taken place when he worked at the BBC, although its director general said no complaints were made to the Corporation at the time.
All seven alleged victims were in their late teens or early 20s at the time of the alleged incidents between 1992 and 2017.
They came forward after anonymous allegations of inappropriate behaviour about Westwood started circulating on social media in June 2020. The DJ denied any wrongdoing at the time.
Two of the women say they agreed to come to London to meet the DJ to discuss music as they were hoping to work in the industry.
They accuse Westwood of picking them up from the train station in his car and driving them to his flat, where he forced himself on them.
It is understood none of the women made formal complaints and there is no known current police investigation into the star.
Westwood joined Capital Xtra in 2014 after losing his job at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra where he had worked from 1994 to 2013.
BBC director general Tim Davie described the testimony of the women as ‘powerful and appalling’.
He called for anyone else with evidence to come forward but said he had seen ‘no evidence of complaints’ during Westwood’s time at the corporation.
A spokesman for Westwood said he ‘strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour’, adding: ‘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.’