After the investigation in the media, one more report to the authorities. London police announced Monday that they had received a report of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred 20 years ago, adding to accusations against former British presenter and actor Russell Brand.
Referring to the accusations relayed by the Sunday Times and Channel 4, London police said they had received a report on Sunday about a sexual assault which allegedly took place in 2003 in the lively Soho district.
“Investigators are in contact with the woman” at the heart of this accusation declared a spokesperson, explaining that she would benefit from support from the police. “We continue to encourage anyone who believes they may have been the victim of a sexual assault, regardless of how long they have been, to contact us,” added the Scotland Yard spokesperson.
Already four accusatory testimonies
In a joint investigation by The Sunday Times and The Times newspapers, as well as Channel 4, four women accused the actor of rape or sexual assault between 2006 and 2013, when Russell Brand was at the height of his career , both as a presenter on BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4 and as an actor in Hollywood.
Before these publications, the 48-year-old ex-host, now mainly active on social networks, had firmly refuted these accusations, ensuring in a video published on several platforms that he had always had “totally consensual” relationships. He denounced a “coordinated attack”.
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 multiple female conquests.
Downing Street “concerned”
He has recently made numerous conspiratorial, anti-vaccine and anti-mainstream comments on his YouTube channel, followed by more than 6 million subscribers, or on his X account (formerly Twitter) with more than 11 million subscribers.
The affair sparked reactions all the way to Downing Street, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson speaking on Monday about “very serious and worrying accusations”. The media that employed Russell Brand also indicated on Sunday that they would investigate these accusations internally.