Received “Important New Information” from Tim Westwood’s investigation
The dedicated phone line has provided “significant” new information amid a BBC investigation into what the company knew about allegations of sexual misconduct against DJ Tim Westwood.
The independent investigation, led by attorney Gemma White KC, set up the confidential phone line to “expand the ways people can come forward” to report information.
Ms White announced Monday the phone line would be closed as planned on May 19 after receiving “a significant body of important new information”.
The lawyer was appointed by the BBC board last August after an internal review found the company should have investigated further a series of sexual assault allegations against the former hip-hop DJ.
The investigation, which has already consulted more than 50,000 BBC documents, is expected to publish its findings in the summer.
Giving an update, Ms White said: “We would like to thank everyone who has contacted us on the evaluation phone number.
“We know that the decision to call wasn’t easy for many of you and that it took courage to speak to us.
“Your evidence will help me in my task of independently determining whether the BBC was aware of concerns and responded appropriately.
“If you’ve thought about contributing but are unsure if you should, please get in touch with us now.”
It emerged that Westwood, who left the BBC in 2013, was questioned under caution by the Metropolitan Police in March and April this year in connection with five alleged sex offenses between 1982 and 2016.
The 65-year-old, who resigned from his show on Capital Xtra in April last year, strongly denies the allegations.
A Westwood representative said in a statement last year: “Tim Westwood firmly denies all allegations of improper conduct.
“In his 40-year career, no complaints have been filed against him, either officially or unofficially.
“Tim Westwood firmly denies all allegations of wrongdoing.”
The hotline can be reached on 08000 121 838 until May 19 and will be answered on weekdays and certain evenings. Outside of these times, an answering machine is available to take messages.
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