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Ex-Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood breaks cover as probe looks at sexual misconduct allegations against him

Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood broke cover in London today as an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against him during his 20 years at the BBC continues

Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood breaks cover in London’s Soho as an independent inquiry investigates allegations of sexual misconduct against him during his 20 years at the BBC

  • Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood was pictured disheveled and withdrawn as he walked through Soho
  • Mr Westwood, 64, was accused of sexual misconduct by six women in a BBC documentary and later more
  • The veteran presenter has avoided the public eye since the allegations against him first emerged in April
  • The BBC launched an independent inquiry in August into his conduct during his 20-year career with the company

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Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood broke cover in London today as an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against him during his 20 years at the BBC continues.

The DJ and TV presenter was pictured disheveled and withdrawn as he walked through Soho today wearing a green jacket and holding his phone.

Mr Westwood, 64, was accused by six black women of sexual misconduct in a BBC Three documentary, Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, which aired in April, before other women also came forward with the allegations.

Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood broke cover in London today as an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against him during his 20 years at the BBC continues

Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood broke cover in London today as an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against him during his 20 years at the BBC continues

The veteran DJ was pictured disheveled and withdrawn as he walked through Soho in London today wearing a green jacket and holding his phone

The veteran DJ was pictured disheveled and withdrawn as he walked through Soho in London today wearing a green jacket and holding his phone

He has since shunned public attention, only being pictured for the first time since the allegations emerged in August.

The rarely seen DJ also made an appearance at the Notting Hill Carnival late last month, the Mirror reported.

The same month, the BBC announced it was launching an independent investigation into what the broadcaster knew of his conduct while working there and for other employers.

The investigation, led by lawyer Gemma White QC, who previously investigated bullying in Parliament, is expected to last six months.

Mr Westwood, 64, was accused by seven women of sexual misconduct in a BBC Three documentary, Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, which aired in April

Mr Westwood, 64, was accused by seven women of sexual misconduct in a BBC Three documentary, Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, which aired in April

It will also examine whether concerns about Westwood’s behavior played a role in his leaving the company in 2013, the BBC said.

In August, it emerged that the BBC had received several reports about Westwood in 2012, including two allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual misconduct.

The revelation came after BBC Director General Tim Davie initially said there was ‘no evidence of any complaint’ against Mr Westwood.

Westwood has previously denied all allegations, with a spokesperson saying there were never any complaints against him.

Mr Westwood, who is described as a ‘veteran of the hip-hop scene’ and whose career spans over forty years, has also been embroiled in a Met Police investigation into his sexual conduct for months.

Scotland Yard detectives are investigating four sex allegations against Westwood dating back 40 years.

Scotland Yard detectives are investigating four sex allegations against Westwood (pictured in 2017) dating back 40 years

Scotland Yard detectives are investigating four sex allegations against Westwood (pictured in 2017) dating back 40 years

Mr Westwood quit his show on Capital Xtra after seven women brought charges of sexual misconduct and predatory behavior in a joint Guardian and BBC News investigation.

He has presented the rap show Radio 1, MTV Pimp My Ride UK, 1Xtra and has been on Capital Radio during his long career.

Mr Westwood’s representative previously said in a statement to PA: “Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behavior”.

“In a career that spanned 40 years, no complaints were filed against him, officially or unofficially.”

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