DJ Tim Westwood steps down from Capital Xtra after sexual misconduct allegations

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DJ Tim Westwood has stepped down from his Capital Xtra radio hosting job after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.

A spokesperson for Global told Daily Star: “Following the claims that have recently come to light, Tim Westwood has stepped down from his show until further notice.”

On Tuesday (April 26), the BBC released a new documentary with The Guardian, titled Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power.

In it, seven women speak of alleged incidents with the radio host, in which they they were met with unwanted sexual behaviour and touching.

Westwood strongly denies the claims made against him.

A statement from his representative said: "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.

"Tim Westwood strongly rejects all allegations of wrongdoing."

One alleged victim Isabel, who was 19 at the time, claims she felt "completely powerless" when she gave her mixtape to the DJ and was then taken advantage of.

She claims she went to Westwood's flat and was offered a drink before the DJ returned to the room completely naked.

Isabel said: "That's when I noticed that he has got a condom and he has removed it [from the wrapper] and started putting it on."

She explained how she recognised it because it had the DJ's face on it – which was part of a campaign he worked on with Durex.

Another female, Pamela, claimed she had a similar incident with Westwood, who picked her up from a train station in an American-style car.

She claims that as they continued to drive around, he would continually stroke her leg, causing him to swerve – she added that a police officer later pulled up beside the pair.

An incident in 2017, allegedly saw the DJ tell a girl at a New Year's Day event she was the "pengest girl in the rave" before he proceeded to put his hand inside the back of her skirt.

She claims that Westwood later attempted to ask her to "hang out" via Snapchat but she declined his offer.

The BBC reports that none of the women affected by Westwood's alleged abuse have reported it to the police but say they're speaking out to help other's come forward and to hold him "accountable".

Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power is available to stream on BBC iPlayer

If you have been affected by this story, contact Rape Crisis England & Wales for free confidential support and information on 08088029999 or their website or 08088010302 if you're calling from Scotland.

You can contact the Domestic and Sexual Abuse helpline on 0808 802 1414 if you are in Ireland.

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