British actor Russell Brand accused of rape and sexual assault by four women

In the turmoil, Russell Brand denies the facts. The British actor is accused of rape, sexual assault and psychological violence by several women between 2006 and 2013, in an investigation by three media outlets published on Saturday. Four women accuse the actor of sexual assault while he was at the height of his career, both as a presenter on BBC Radio 2, Channel 4 and as a Hollywood film actor.

These accusations, refuted by Russell Brand, were revealed during an investigation carried out by the newspapers The Sunday Times and the Times, as well as Channel 4. According to this investigation, published in the Sunday Times, other alleged victims have accused Russell Brand of controlling, abusive and predatory behavior.

Actor’s denial

Before the publication of this article, and the documentary broadcast on Saturday evening on Channel 4, Russell Brand, aged 48, had published a message on his X account (formerly Twitter) to “refute” the “very serious criminal charges” against him. “I received two extremely disturbing messages (…), one from a mainstream television channel and the other from a newspaper, listing a litany of attacks (…) which I absolutely refute,” a- he asserted. “The relationships I have had have always been completely consensual,” he adds, denouncing a “coordinated attack” by the media against him.

In investigation, one woman accuses Russell Brand of raping her in his Los Angeles home, while another claims she was sexually assaulted during a three-month relationship when she was still a high school senior 16 years old.

The BBC, Channel 4 and production company Banijay UK said on Sunday they would investigate the allegations internally. “Russell Brand worked for BBC radio programs between 2006 and 2008 and we will urgently examine the problems raised” by this investigation, indicates the public audiovisual giant. Channel 4 and the production company Banijay UK, owner of Endemol which employed Russell Brand, have also indicated that they are carrying out their own internal investigations, according to British media.

During his career as a comedian, on television and in the cinema, in the United Kingdom then in the United States, Russell Brand was noted for his repeated escapades, his former addiction to alcohol and heroin, his brief marriage to pop singer Katy Perry and his tendency to brag about his many female conquests.

Conspiracy and anti-vax comments

In the mid-2010s, he posed as an anti-capitalist activist, advocating “total revolution” and has recently increased the number of conspiratorial, anti-vaccine and anti-major media comments on his YouTube channel, followed by more than 6 million people. subscribers, or on his X account (ex-Twitter) with more than 11 million subscribers. He urges his audience to remain “awake” and “free” in the face of information disseminated in traditional media.

In 2014, in his book “Revolution”, he advocated “a radical redistribution of wealth”, “the dismantling of multinationals” and the injection of a good dose of “spiritualism” into society”. During the #MeToo movement, Russell Brand claimed to have no regrets about his past sexual behavior, claiming to have had sexual relations with several hundred women.

Married since 2017 to Laura Gallagher, with whom he had two children, Russell Brand is currently touring the United Kingdom with his show “Russell Brand Bipolarization”.

By Editor

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