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16th Sep 2023

Russell Brand accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse

Steve Hopkins

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Brand has denied all the allegations.

Russell Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assault and controlling and emotionally abusive behaviour.

Five women have shared their stories with the Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches, who conducted a joint investigation.

The Times reports that four women have alleged assaults between 2006 and 2013. During this time, Brand was a presenter on BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4 and starred in several Hollywood films.

According to The Times, one woman alleges that Brand assaulted her when he was 31 and she was 16.

The paper also states that others have made a range of accusations about the 48-year-old comedian’s controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour.

Brand on Friday denied all of the accusations against him.

The Sunday Times, The Times and Dispatches spent over a year looking into Brand’s “treatment of women,” according to a clip from a Dispatches documentary that will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on Saturday night.

The documentary is titled Russell Brand: In Plain Sight.

WARNING: Some viewers may find the following video disturbing

On Friday night, Brand issued a video statement denying unspecified “criminal allegations” set to be published against him.

In it, the comedian said: “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 always consensual. I was always transparent about that.”

Russell Brand’s video statement

Brand went on to question if there was a wider agenda to the reporting, saying that he had been “almost too transparent” about his behaviour.

He stated: “To see that transparency metastasised into something criminal that I absolutely deny makes me question, is there another agenda at play?”

Saying that he “seriously” refutes these “very, very serious criminal allegations,” he added:

“Also, it’s worth mentioning that there are witnesses whose evidence directly contradicts the narrative that these two mainstream media outlets are trying to construct, apparently, in what seems to me to be a coordinated attack.”

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