Russell Brand is accused of rape and sexual assault

Comedian and actor Russell Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assaults, and emotional abuse during a seven-year period at the height of his fame. The allegations were made in a joint investigation by the Sunday Times, the Times, and Channel 4's Dispatches. Four women are alleging sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013. Brand has denied the allegations and said his relationships have been "always consensual."

During the years covered by the allegations, Brand had various high-profile jobs at different times, including at BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4, and as an actor in Hollywood films. Other claims made as part of the investigation relate to Brand's allegedly controlling, abusive, and predatory behavior. The investigation is published in the Sunday Times, while the Dispatches documentary, Russell Brand - In Plain Sight, aired on Channel 4.

Within hours of the allegations being published, Brand performed a scheduled comedy gig at the 2,000-capacity Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in north-west London, as part of his current tour. During the set, Brand alluded to the accusations but did not address them directly. Several women have made allegations against Brand as part of the investigation. Four of the women alleged sexual assault. One woman alleges that Brand raped her against a wall in his Los Angeles home. She was treated at a rape crisis center on the same day. The Times says it has seen medical records to support this. A second woman alleges that Brand assaulted her when he was in his early 30s and she was 16 and still at school. She alleges he referred to her as "the child" during an emotionally abusive and controlling relationship. A third woman claims that Brand sexually assaulted her while she worked with him in Los Angeles, and that he threatened to take legal action if she told anyone else about her allegation. The fourth woman alleged being sexually assaulted by Brand and him being physically and emotionally abusive towards her.

On Friday, Russell Brand released a video in which he denied "serious criminal allegations" he said were about to be made against him. The actor and comedian said he had received letters from a TV company and newspaper, containing "a litany" of "aggressive attacks". In the video, posted on YouTube and X, formerly known as Twitter, Brand said: "Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute. These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies, and as I've written about extensively in my books I was very, very promiscuous. Now during that time of promiscuity the relationships I had were absolutely, very consensual."

The Metropolitan Police said it was "aware of media reporting of a series of allegations of sexual assault" but had not received any reports. If anyone believes they have been the victim of a sexual assault, no matter how long ago it happened, we would encourage them to contact police. Most of the women, who the Times said do not know each other, have chosen to remain anonymous.

Channel 4 spokesman told BBC News that they are appalled to learn of these deeply troubling allegations, including behavior alleged to have taken place on programmes made for Channel 4 between 2004 and 2007. They will continue to review this in light of any further information they receive, including the accounts of those affected individuals. They will be asking the production company who produced the programs for Channel 4 to investigate these allegations and report their findings properly and satisfactorily to them.


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