Piers Morgan has shared an old interview in which he jokingly described Russell Brand as a sexual predator to his face.
The fallout from the Channel 4 and Times investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and rape against the comedian – which he denies – is continuing.
On Tuesday, broadcaster Morgan hosted a discussion on both the allegations and the consequences it has held so far, with Brand’s YouTube page demonetised and tour cancelled, and news police have received new reports they are currently investigating.
The former Good Morning Britain presenter opened the segment by sharing an old interview between himself and Brand in GQ magazine in 2006.
And he began by noting that the interview took place the same year Brand is alleged to have been in a relationship with a 16-year-old schoolgirl.
‘I asked, for reasons I’m not entirely sure other than it must have been jocular at the time, “Are you a more successful sexual predator now you don’t drink?”‘
Morgan clarified once again that he ‘meant it as a joke, I didn’t have any information about him actually being a sexual predator.’
‘Yes, but I resent the word “predator,”‘ Brand responded.
‘I like to think of myself as a conduit of natural forces. After all, the most natural thing in the world for people to do is f***, isn’t it? And people want to do it, so all you have to do is remove all the reasons why women don’t actually go through with it, like pride and reputation.
‘You just have to unpick the conditions stopping women going straight to bed with you.’
Mogan went on in the 2006 interview to ask if he was ‘attracting more women now he was a celebrity,’ to which he said the ‘amount of seduction required has decreased to almost preposterous proportions now I’m famous.’
‘I’ve always been good at pulling because I’m quite charming but if I talked to 10 women in the old days I’d back myself to pull two or three, now [it’s] …. eight or nine.’
‘I would have devoted a lot of time to the seduction depending on the quality of the target, now I just get on with it. ame has been very helpful in that respect.’
Looking back at the now 17-year-old interview, Morgan said they were ‘damning quotes,’ while guest Mariella Frostrup said it was a ‘damning question as well.’
Morgan agreed with Frostrup, who said it was ‘a culture where it was acceptable to make jokes about things that are incredibly serious.’
Brand has been accused of what he himself called ‘very serious allegations’ by multiple women, including one who claimed she was 16 years old at the time.
Before the Times piece was published, followed by a Channel 4 documentary hours later, Brand had taken to Twitter, aka X, where he said he ‘absolutely refutes very serious allegations’ being made against him.
While the allegations were not named at the time, he said he had been approached by a mainstream TV network and a mainstream newspaper with ‘extremely disturbing’ correspondence listing ‘a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks.’
Amid some ‘stupid stuff’ in the correspondence, including, he said, that he ‘shouldn’t be able to attack mainstream media narratives,’ were ‘some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute.’
He added: ‘As I’ve written about extensively in my book, I was very, very promiscuous. Now during that time of promiscuity, the relationships that I had were absolutely always consensual.’
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