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New confidential phone line opened for information on Tim Westwood’s alleged sexual misconduct

The BBC has opened a new confidential phone line as part of the investigation into former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood’s alleged sexual misconduct. The line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone with information or concerns about Westwood’s sexual conduct in the past. Callers will be directed to safeguarding expert Jahnine Davis or Gemma White KC, who is leading an external inquiry into what the BBC knew about Westwood’s conduct while he was employed by the corporation.

Multiple allegations of misconduct have been made against Westwood, with seven women claiming that he abused them, including flashing and groping them, and some claiming that they were under 18 at the time. Westwood denies the claims, and no arrests have been made.

Later, a further ten women reported allegations, with one claiming that she was 14 years old when Westwood had sex with her on multiple occasions. He has been questioned twice under police caution and is currently under investigation for five separate alleged sex offences that took place in London between 1982 and 2016.

It is not known whether those who came forward to speak to The Guardian and BBC reported their allegations to the police.

Westwood was a long-running radio broadcaster and DJ, known for presenting the UK’s first nationally broadcast rap and hip hop show. He presented a regular slot on Capital Xtra until he stepped down from the role in April 2022.

The new confidential phone line has been set up to encourage anyone with information or concerns to come forward and share their experiences anonymously and confidentially. It is not clear how long the line will remain open, but callers will be provided with support and guidance from trained experts.

The allegations against Westwood have highlighted the issue of sexual harassment within the electronic music industry. In response, the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) has sponsored a confidential support service for anyone affected by sexual harassment within the industry. Health Assured provides the service, which offers confidential expert counselling in a safe and supportive environment. Anyone who needs guidance and support can call 0800 030 5182 (Outside the UK: +44 800 030 5182) to speak with trained experts who will listen and support.