Russell Brand has been accused of rape by four women. The British actor has already vehemently denied all of the alleged sexual assaults that are said to have happened a decade or more ago.
The sexual assault accusations were presented to the public by a joint investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times, and Channel 4 Dispatches. According to the report, Brand is accused of sexually assaulting four women between 2006 and 2013.
A woman alleged that Brand raped her against a wall inside his home in Los Angeles, California. She was reportedly treated at a rape crisis center on the same day.
Hours after leaving his house, the woman allegedly texted Brand: "When a girl say[s] NO it means no." Brand reportedly replied that he was "very sorry."
Another woman claimed a 31-year-old Brand assaulted her when she was 16. She alleged that she punched Brand in the stomach to force him to stop during oral sex.
The article does not indicate where the purported sexual assault happened. The age of consent in England is 16.
A third woman accused Brand of sexually assaulting her when they worked together in Los Angeles. She said that the actor threatened to take legal action against her if she told anyone about the accusation.
The fourth female said Brand sexually assaulted her and subjected her to physical and emotional abuse.
The women were anonymous.
According to The Times, "All said they felt ready to speak only after being approached by reporters. Several said they felt compelled to do so given Brand’s newfound prominence as an online wellness influencer, with millions of followers on YouTube and other sites."
Before the accusations were published, Brand addressed the "very serious criminal" allegations in a video. He denied the accusations, and said all of his relationships were "absolutely, always consensual."
"I've received two extremely disturbing letters, or a letter and an email, one from a mainstream media TV company, one from a newspaper, listing a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks," Brand said in the video posted on Friday. "But amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks, are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute."
"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," he continued. "And as I’ve 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," the 48-year-old actor stated. "And I’m being transparent about it now as well. And to see that transparency metastasized into something criminal, that I absolutely deny."
Brand explained, "I don’t mind them using my books and my stand-up to talk about my promiscuous, consensual conduct in the past. What I seriously refute are these very, very, serious criminal allegations."
"Also, it's worth mentioning that there are witnesses whose evidence directly contradicts the narratives that these two mainstream media outlets are trying to construct apparently, in what seems to me to be, a coordinated attack," he said.
"Now, I don’t want to get into this any further, because of the serious nature of the allegations, but I feel like I’m being attacked and plainly they are working very closely together," Brand said.
Brand concluded, "We are obviously going to look into this matter because it's very, very, serious. In the meantime, I want you to stay close, stay awake, but more important than any of that, if you can, please stay free."
Brand made a name for himself as a comedian and actor. However, in recent years he has branched out to video commentary. He has over 6.6 million followers on YouTube and nearly 1.4 million on Rumble. Russell's videos tend to focus on being anti-establishment, being anti-war, questioning the media narrative, challenging big pharma, being critical of the military-industrial complex, and finding common ground between the left and the right.
Other celebrities have questioned the motive behind the accusations surfacing years later.
Jordan Peterson stated, "Someone wants Russell Brand destroyed."
Lara Logan replied, "Millions see through this - literally millions. These tactics no longer work the way they used to."
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