DJ Tim Westwood has once again made it at the centre of controversy as the DJ has come under attack for taking bookings during Carnival Weekend. Despite being under investigation for six reports of sexual offences against Black women, the DJ is set to host two parties in south London over the carnival weekend, sparking outrage and demands for accountability within the community.
The first event, titled the 'Getting Litty Day Party,' is scheduled for Saturday at The Ravensbury in Croydon, south London. Westwood is also on the bill to host a 'Carnival After Party' on Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, at Hatch Night Club in Lewisham.
Marianne Sunshine, the cultural commentator who collaborated with the team behind the BBC documentary "Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power," which highlighted allegations of Westwood's abuse of power with Black women, has voiced her staunch objections as she stated, "People booking Westwood for events have no morals" and called upon the Black community to stop supporting his events.
Sunshine underlined the importance for venue owners to consider their brand and reputation when selecting DJs, emphasising the availability of a number of alternative talented DJs in the UK.
Regarding concerns about these events being associated with Notting Hill Carnival, Sunshine suggested implementing copyright or licensing regulations to ensure that any carnival-related event during the August Bank Holiday aligns with the official Notting Hill Carnival.
Tim Westwood faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse, with an investigation conducted by The Guardian and the BBC last year revealing allegations from 18 women, many of whom were Black. Despite these allegations, the 65-year-old continues to host events both in the UK and internationally. Westwood has also been accused of predatory behaviour and some women revealed in the BBC investigation they encountered Westwood whilst they were minors.