DJ Tim Westwood accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl

Jamal Carter
By Jamal Carter 3 Min Read
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood (Sopa Images)
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood (Sopa Images)

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood (64) is facing allegations from a woman who says they had sex several times starting when she was 14 and he was in his 30s.

The latest allegations against Mr Westwood are from one of ten women who have come forward after an investigation by BBC News and the Guardian, with claims of misconduct and abuse dating from 1990 to 2020.

A joint investigation by the BBC and The Guardian featured the accounts of seven women relating to alleged incidents between 1992 and 2017.
A joint investigation by the BBC and The Guardian featured the accounts of seven women relating to alleged incidents between 1992 and 2017.

The woman known as Esther says the DJ knew how young she was because he had asked her her age.

“He didn’t look shocked or anything,” she says. When she asked him if she could continue coming, he said, “Sure you can.”

“I think we exchanged numbers and he just started, ‘Oh are you coming tonight, you know, so I can leave your name at the door.’ And then I’d say it was a couple of months after that he asked to meet up with me at Hammersmith Station.”

She says the DJ met her in west London and drove her to a flat. He offered her a drink but she said she just wanted a juice. They sat and talked – and then he kissed her.

“I was like, OK, I don’t have a problem with that. And then, it progressed from there. We had sex.”

This would not be the only time. The DJ, she says, would call her at home – after 18:00 because he knew her mum worked nights – and they would arrange to meet.

“I never gave consent [to sex], but I never said no either so, I just went along with it,” she says.

Esther, who described herself as a “bit of a troubled teen”, says she broke off contact with the DJ when she was 16, and realised it didn’t feel right.

She says it felt like a “dirty little secret”.

“I kind of thought it was normal but that’s because I didn’t understand the gravity of the situation. It wasn’t a relationship and it wasn’t about love, it was just a thing, and a thing you couldn’t discuss with anybody.”

She says it feels like the DJ had groomed her, and describes Mr Westwood as a “predator”, and herself as “prey”.

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