Tim Westwood interviewed under caution by police on sexual misconduct claims

Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood has been interviewed twice under police caution after sexual offence allegations.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were investigating five accusations of offences alleged to have happened between 1982 and 2016.

The 65-year-old hip hop DJ and radio presenter, who stepped down from his show on Capital Xtra in April last year, has previously “strongly” denied any wrongdoing.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Met said: “Police are investigating five reports relating to allegations of non-recent sexual offences allegedly committed by a man.

“The offences are alleged to have occurred in London between 1982 and 2016.

“A 65-year-old man was interviewed under caution on March 15 2023 and April 4 2023.”

Representatives for Tim Westwood have been approached for comment.

In August the BBC launched an ongoing external inquiry into what was known about his conduct during his time at the corporation.

Last year, a statement from a representative of Tim 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.”

The DJ began his career playing reggae and jazz-funk sets before getting his break on the London pirate radio station LWR.

He later moved to Kiss FM, which he co-owned, before joining Capital Radio in London, and later his own show BBC Radio 1.

He left Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra in 2013 after nearly 20 years and returned to Capital Xtra to host a regular show on Saturday nights, where he was referred to as “The Big Dawg”.

Tim also hosted MTV’s Pimp My Ride UK from 2005 to 2007, which saw cars being renovated and “pimped” to the owner’s specifications.

During his career, he also appeared in a number of TV shows and documentaries including Lil Wayne: Bling, The Cars That Made Britain Great and Derren Brown: How to Beat a Casino.

The radio host also boasted over 500 million views on his YouTube channel, Tim Westwood TV, which interviewed giants in the music industry like The Notorious B.I.G, Eminem, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Will Smith, Drake, Amerado, and Rae Sremmurd.


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