Russell Brand denies allegations of sexual assault, rape.

Russell Brand denies allegations of sexual assault, rape.

UK comedian Russell Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assault and abuse based on allegations from four women who knew him over a seven-year period.

Brand denied the allegations and said that all of his relationships have been consensual.

The allegations were made in a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, the Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.

According to the reports, one woman alleged Brand raped her in his Los Angeles home, while three others accused him of sexual assault.

One woman alleged Brand assaulted her during a three-month relationship while she was 16 and still at school.

The media reports did not say if any of the women had made complaints to the police.

The women said they only felt ready to tell their stories after being approached by reporters, with some citing Brand’s new-found prominence as an online wellness influencer as a factor in their decisions to speak.

Ahead of the publication, Brand posted a video online denying the allegations which has attracted over 55m views.

“Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute,” he 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 have 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 then, almost too transparent, and I am being transparent about it now as well.”

Channel 4 has also asked Banijay to investigate historical allegations that Brand behaved inappropriately while presenting Big Brother spin-off shows in the UK.

Brand, who vehemently denies wrongdoing, has been accused of flashing his penis at a runner and pursuing female audience members for sex while working on EFourum and Big Brother’s Big Mouth, which were produced by Banijay-owned Endemol for Channel 4.

Banjay UK, which bought Endemol in 2020, said that in light of the “very serious allegations” it had “launched an urgent internal investigation and will cooperate with any requests for information from broadcast partners and external agencies”.

“We also encourage anybody who feels that they were affected by Brand’s behaviour while working on these productions to contact us in confidence,” it added.

The Trevi women and children’s charity, which supports vulnerable women recovering from addiction, said it had ended its association with Brand and his charitable fund, the Stay Free Foundation. Amnesty International has also urged women to come forward if they have any concerns about the behaviour of Russell Brand during his participation in two of the charity’s standup comedy events in 2006 and 2012.

Talent agency Tavistock Wood have also cut ties with Brand saying, “Russell Brand categorically and vehemently denied the allegation made in 2020, but we now believe we were horribly misled by him. TW has terminated all professional ties to Brand.”

His image has also been removed from the agency’s website.

Brand rose to fame as a stand-up comic in Britain in the early 2000s, which led to starring roles on Channel 4 and later BBC Radio, where he capitalised on a reputation for outrageous behaviour and risque banter.

In recent years, he transformed himself into a political commentator and influencer posting YouTube videos on subjects such as personal freedom and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the allegations, Brand performed his Bipolarisation show at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre and received a standing ovation.

Source: ABC, Deadline, Guardian, Daily Mail