The BBC has confirmed receiving six complaints about DJ Tim Westwood after initially denying knowledge of the allegations.
Between 1994 and 2013, Westwood, 64, hosted the UK’s first nationally broadcast hip-hop show on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra.
Following a joint investigation by the British Broadcasting Corporation and The Guardian, seven women accused Westwood of sexual misconduct between 1992 and 2017.
Three of the women accused Westwood of predatory and opportunistic sexual behavior, while four others claimed he groped them at events.
The women were all black, and some of them worked in the music industry.
At the time, British Broadcasting Corporation Director General Tim Davie stated that the women’s claims were “powerful and appalling,” and that he had seen “no evidence of complaints” from the ex-time DJ’s at the corporation.
The six newly disclosed complaints, one of which the British Broadcasting Corporation said was referred to police, all involve alleged bullying and sexual misconduct by Westwood during his time at the corporation.
In response to the police referral, a BBC spokesman stated, “This is a historic case that the BBC discovered in its files.” We are gathering information about it.
“It did not relate to conduct at the BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation premises, or conduct towards a BBC staff member, nor was it an accusation of physical assault.”
It is unclear whether the other five complaints were received before or after Mr Davie’s April statement.
Westwood categorically denies all allegations leveled against him.