BBC admits failures to probe DJ Westwood’s sexual misconduct claims

Broadcaster claims it has actually called cops and also designated attorney to evaluate instance

The BBC on Thursday confessed failings to log and also comply with up insurance claims of sex-related transgression versus a professional DJ, Tim Westwood, adhering to current claims versus him.

The issue is especially delicate for the openly financed broadcaster after it stopped working to effectively examine insurance claims versus predacious sex transgressor Jimmy Savile, a BBC DJ and also television host for years, the range of whose criminal activities just arised after his fatality in 2011.

Numerous females spoke with the BBC and also the Guardian paper in April, charging Westwood, a 64-year-old hip-hop DJ, of predacious sex-related behavior and also groping.

The BBC on Thursday released an upgrade on its succeeding inner testimonial, stimulated by the insurance claims.

It claimed it “is clear that additional examination is ideal” and also it had actually called cops and also designated an independent lawyer to lead an evaluation.

Westwood highly refuted the insurance claims in April and also claimed no issues had actually ever before been made versus him, which the BBC director-general Tim Davie recommended at the time.

The broadcaster claimed it had actually gotten brand-new details declaring transgression consisting of sexual offense by Westwood, some connecting to the duration when he benefited the BBC, in between 1994 and also 2013, yet likewise going back to the 1980s.

It acknowledged the BBC had actually formerly gotten a variety of issues versus Westwood yet claimed Davie was uninformed of them when the information barged in April due to troubles with archive searches.

The BBC claimed its probe discovered that “2 claims of unacceptable behavior and also sex-related transgression” were made versus Westwood in 2012, a year after Savile’s fatality– when it had actually established logs to tape such insurance claims and also was accomplishing independent evaluations.

These worried “unacceptable sex-related comments” to a 15-year-old woman at a non-BBC occasion, and also a press query concerning a “rumour of sex-related transgression”.

The BBC claimed the initial insurance claim was passed to cops, that took no activity, yet it was uncertain whether the 2nd insurance claim was reported to cops.

The BBC included it discovered 2 inner issues versus Westwood, made in 2011 and also 2012, over “sexualised and also unacceptable remarks” and also a “hazardous environment”.

Adhering to the April media records on Westwood, the BBC claimed it got details on 4 additional claims, 3 of sexual offense. 2 of these apparently happened in the 1980s.

A participant of the BBC’s regulating body, Nicolas Serota, was priced estimate as stating: “I think that there might have been celebrations in the past when the BBC must have additional discovered concerns that were being increased.”


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