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Tim Westwood: BBC admits it received complaints about DJ after saying it wasn’t the case

The BBC has confirmed it has received six complaints about DJ Tim Westwood – including one referred by police – after initially denying any knowledge of the allegations against him.

Westwood, 64, has been accused of predatory and unwanted sexual behavior and touching in incidents believed to have taken place between 1992 and 2017 following a joint BBC investigation The guard.

The day after the report was published, BBC director-general Tim Davie called the claims made against Westwood “appalling” and said he had “seen no evidence of complaints”.

The BBC has since confirmed that it has received six complaints which it is assessing as part of a review of the ex-DJ’s career at the company.

A BBC spokesman said in a statement: “This is a historic case which the BBC found on their files. We manufacture the facts around it.

“It did not relate to behavior at the BBC, on BBC premises or to behavior towards any BBC staff member, nor was it a charge of physical assault.”

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The BBC declined to say whether the other five complaints were received before or after Mr Davie’s statement in April.

The BBC also confirmed that Westwood was approached in relation to another complaint.

In a separate statement, a BBC spokesman said The Independent: “As we’ve said, if people have things they want to raise on the BBC, then they should. People have now done this and we will investigate further. We also said that we would investigate what happened in the past. We do this with great care. All of this work is ongoing and ongoing. We said we would take it seriously and we do. When this work is complete we will say more.”

In a statement at the time, Westwood denied any wrongdoing, saying the allegations were fabricated, false and unfounded.

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“In his 40-year career there have never been any official or unofficial complaints against him. Tim Westwood firmly denies all allegations of misconduct,” the moderator said in a statement.

The seven women spoken to in the joint investigation, all black, provided detailed accounts following anonymous allegations of inappropriate behavior by Westwood that circulated on social media in June 2020.

They share their reports in a BBC Three documentary, Tim Westwood: Abuse of powerwhich is now available on BBC iPlayer.

This story will be updated

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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