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Tim Westwood: BBC admits to receiving complaints about DJ after saying it hadn’t

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

Westwood, 64, was accused of predatory and unwanted sexual behaviour and touching, during incidents alleged to have taken place between 1992 and 2017, following a joint investigation by the BBC and The Guardian.

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

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

A BBC spokesman said in a statement: “This is a historic case that the BBC has found in its files. We are establishing the facts around it.

“It did not relate to conduct at the BBC, BBC premises, or conduct towards a BBC staff member, nor was it an accusation of physical assault.”

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

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

In a statement at the time, Westwood denied any wrongdoing and said the allegations were fabricated, false, and without foundation.

“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,” a statement issued on behalf of the presenter said.

This story is being updated


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