Call for evidence of Tim Westwood’s conduct at BBC Open

The call for evidence of what is known about Tim Westwood’s conduct during his time at the BBC has been extended to encourage more people to come forward.

The broadcaster also appointed an independent defense expert, Jahnine Davis, to assist with the assessment.

Gemma White, the lawyer leading the investigation into the former hip hop DJ, who has been accused of a series of sexual assaults against women, was appointed by the BBC Council in August.

Her independent review comes after an internal investigation found the company should have explored further issues raised at the time.

The 65-year-old has “strongly” denied any wrongdoing.

Announcing the extension to Friday 2 December, she said: “It has been more than a month since the BBC published my appeal for evidence for a review and I would like to thank everyone who has Provide information.

“Some of you have told me how difficult it was for you to make the decision to contact me. I understand that it can be painful to talk about sensitive issues and that there are many things you need to consider before doing so.

“Others who have written or spoken to me have wondered if the information they have to contribute is relevant, or important enough — and my answer to that, is simply yes. I was, and still would, like to hear from everyone who had anything to say to me. It was important for me to listen to everyone who wanted to talk and therefore I decided to extend the time for everyone to communicate with each other.”

Westwood, who left the BBC in 2013 after nearly two decades, also resigned from his show on Capital Xtra in April after the initial claims came to light.


BBC Director General Tim Davie (Richard Kendal/RTS/PA)

Ms. White said Ms. Davis has been assigned “to assist me with aspects of the assessment”.

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She describes her as a “respected and experienced expert in her field” who is “ready to join me in conversations or meetings”.

“For anyone who sees this that may have something to share, please contact me directly and if you’d like Jahnine to join, please let me know,” she added.

The investigation, announced in August, is expected to be completed in six months and the BBC has said it is open to working with other Westwood employers, including MTV and global owner Capital Xtra, to determine what happened.

In July, the BBC said it had received six complaints against Westwood, including one that was referred to the police, although the general manager Tim Davie previously said he had not seen “evidence of the complaint”. complaint”.

Mr Davie has launched an internal audit, reporting to the BBC’s senior independent director, Sir Nicholas Serota.

A statement from Westwood’s representative to the PA news agency in April said: “Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behavior.

“In a career spanning 40 years, there has never been any complaint against him officially or unofficially.

“Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of wrongdoing.”

His representative has been contacted for further comment. Call for evidence of Tim Westwood’s conduct at BBC Open

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