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Sexual jokes, kisses and nipples: Russell Brand’s most awkward interview moments

Comedian Russell Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assaults and emotionally abusing four women during the height of his fame.

The alleged assaults occurred between 2006 and 2013, while he was a presenter for BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4, and include an assault on a 16-year-old girl.

He vehemently denied the “very serious criminal allegations” ahead of The Sunday Times article and an expected expose to be aired by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme tonight.

The allegations include crew members on his Big Brother spin-off being made to feel they were working as a “pimp” by approaching young women on his behalf, and that he raped a woman at his Los Angeles home.

In a video posted to social media, the 48-year-old actor said he received “two extremely disturbing letters” listing “extremely egregious and aggressive attacks” relating to his “promiscuous” past.

While he did not specify details of the claims, he insisted his relationships were “absolutely always consensual”.

He also attacked a “serious and concerted agenda” to silence him.

Since ending his career as a presenter and stand-up comedian, Brand launched a podcast and runs a yoga and mental health-orientated YouTube channel named Awakening with Russell.

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Russell Brand denies ‘very serious criminal allegations’

The comedian and actor said he “absolutely refutes” the allegations against him, which he did not reveal in detail but referred to as “very, very serious criminal allegations”.

Brand, 48, said the allegations “pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when… I was very, very promiscuous.”

Holly Evans16 September 2023 14:59

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Channel 4’s statement on Brand allegations

Channel 4 said in a statement: “Channel 4 is appalled to learn of these deeply troubling allegations, including behaviour alleged to have taken place on programmes made for Channel 4 between 2004 and 2007.

“We are determined to understand the full nature of what went on. We have carried out extensive document searches and have found no evidence to suggest the alleged incidents were brought to the attention of Channel 4. We will continue to review this in light of any further information we receive, including the accounts of those affected individuals.

“We will be asking the production company who produced the programmes for Channel 4 to investigate these allegations and report their findings properly and satisfactorily to us.

“In the many years since the alleged incidents took place, there has obviously been extensive change in Channel 4’s management and commissioning teams. Today, Channel 4 has a zero-tolerance approach to unacceptable behaviour and has a robust Code of Conduct. We require all suppliers to have in place rigorous safeguarding policies and provide whistleblowing support, including Channel 4’s Speak Up facility.

“We are committed to ensuring our industry has safe, inclusive and professional working environments.”

Holly Evans16 September 2023 19:02

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Female comedians set up online groups to warn each other of predatory behaviour in the comedy industry

Female comedians reportedly set up onine groups to warn each other of comedians and those who had displayed predatory behaviour within the industry.

Comedian Daniel Sloss told The Sunday Times: “I know for many, many years that women have been warning each other about Russell.”

Another female comedian claimed that Brand was “like the Predator” at parties and that he had once chased her around and bit her face despite her being uncomfortable.

Brand has denied all allegations against him.

A female comedian was allegedly chased and bitten by Brand

(Getty Images)

Holly Evans16 September 2023 18:48

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Full statement from the BBC

A BBC spokesperson said: “Russell Brand worked for a number of different organisations of which the BBC was one. As is well known, Russell Brand left the BBC after a serious editorial breach in 2008 – as did the then controller of Radio 2.

“The circumstances of the breach were reviewed in detail at the time. We hope that demonstrates that the BBC takes issues seriously and is prepared to act.

“We will always listen to people if they come forward with any concerns, on any issue related to any individual working at the BBC, past or present.”

Holly Evans16 September 2023 18:36

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Listen: Russell Brand prank calls Andrew Sachs on radio show

The comedian and the chat show host made several calls to the Fawlty Towers actor, and Brand left a voice message saying he had sex with Sachs’s granddaughter Georgina Baillie.

Listen: Russell Brand prank calls Andrew Sachs on radio show

Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross prank-called Andrew Sachs in resurfaced audio from an episode of The Russell Brand Show on BBC Radio 2 from 2008. The comedian and the chat show host made several calls to the Fawlty Towers actor, and Brand left a voice message saying he had sex with Sachs’s granddaughter Georgina Baillie. “I said something I didn’t have oughta, like I had sex with your granddaughter. But it was consensual and she wasn’t menstrual, it was consensual lovely sex. It was full of respect,” Brand said. Brand and Ross were suspended from the BBC as a result and Brand resigned from his show.

Holly Evans16 September 2023 18:24

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Brand’s behaviour an ‘open secret’ in radio and TV

According to insiders who worked for BBC radio at the time, complaints were allegedly made about Brand’s behaviour to Lesley Douglas, the then controller for Radio 2 and 6 Music.

In December 2007, it is claimed that a complaint was made after “an alarming display of aggression” from Brand, which included him hurling objects and “urinating in a bottle in full view of everyone”.

Earlier that year, he called Jimmy Savile, who suggested they meet if Brand brought a sister. As he does not have a sister, he responded: “I’ve got a personal assistant. And part of her job description is that anyone I demand she greet, meet, massages, she has to do it. She’s very attractive, Jimmy.”

Four years later, Savile would be exposed as one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders.

Brand has denied the allegations against him and said they were “very serious allegations that I absolutely refute”.

Russell Brand’s behaviour was reportedly an ‘open secret’ among TV insiders

(Alamy)

Holly Evans16 September 2023 18:18

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Literary agent dumps Russell Brand after sexual abuse allegations

Russell Brand’s literary agents removed him from their website after they were approached by The Sunday Times.

In 2020, a woman contacted Brand’s literary agent Angharad Wood, co-founder of Tavistock Wood which is owned by talent agency Curtis Brown, to inform them that Brand had a relationship with her while she was a 16-year-old schoolgirl.

She received a response from Brand’s lawyer dening her allegations and implying “it was almost blackmail”.

After being approached by the newspaper three years later, Brand was removed from the Curtis Brown and Tavistock Wood website.

In a statement on behalf of Tavistock Wood, they said: “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.”

Holly Evans16 September 2023 17:56

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Brand allegedly threatened woman with legal action after assault claim

A fourth woman claimed that Brand sexually assaulted her at his home after pinning her down on the bed when they were alone together.

She told The Sunday Times that she had been “screaming so hard” until Brand relented and became “super angry”.

After becoming aware of her allegation, she claims that Brand threatened her with legal action and she feared her career would be affected.

The newspaper reports that three separate sources confirmed she had told them about her allegation at the time.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Brand denied the allegations against him and claimed there was a “serious and concerted agenda” against him.

A woman claims that Brand sexually assaulted her at his home in West Hollywood

(Ian West/PA Wire)

Holly Evans16 September 2023 17:40

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Sexual jokes, kisses, and nipples: Russell Brand’s most awkward interview moments

From kisses to jokes about getting women pregnant, Russell Brand has always been a controversial character that many TV show hosts struggled to deal with during interviews.

Russell Brand’s most awkward interview moments

From kisses to jokes about getting women pregnant, Russell Brand has always been a controversial character that many TV show hosts struggled to deal with during interviews. The comedian has collected several awkward on-camera moments, such as when he kissed 60 Minutes journalist Liz Hayes on the lips and tried to undo her bra during an interview in 2010. Other encounters include the time he mocked a TV presenter for the way she held a bottle, and when he touched the nipple of a HuffPost Live host. The 48-year-old is believed to be the subject of a Dispatches investigation tonight (16 September). He published a video on Friday denying “serious criminal allegations.”

Holly Evans16 September 2023 17:29

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How to watch Channel 4’s Dispatches investigation tonight

Channel 4 has revealed the subject of the mysterious Dispatches on a previously unknown subject airing tonight (Saturday 16 September).

On Friday (15 September), viewers noticed the episode on TV schedules during a prime spot on Saturday evening.

The episode was originally listed without a title as a Dispatches Special, with its description reading: “A 90-minute special Dispatches investigation.”

Holly Evans16 September 2023 17:24



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