Russell Brand, once celebrated for his left-leaning comedy, now finds himself embroiled in a controversy of disturbing sexual assault allegations. Multiple women have stepped forward, choosing to remain anonymous, and have accused Brand of sexual assault and rape between 2006 and 2013.
The shocking allegations have been made public over the weekend when a joint investigative report by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches. According to the report, four women have accused Brand of rape and sexual assault during the peak of his career while he was a presenter for the BBC and starring in major Hollywood films including Get Him To The Greek.
EXCLUSIVE: Russell Brand denies accusations of rape, sexual assault and controlling and emotionally abusive behaviour.
— Channel 4 Dispatches (@C4Dispatches) September 16, 2023
One woman has said that Brand assaulted her against a wall in Los Angeles and that she received crisis treatment that same day. Text messages between the woman and Brand have also allegedly been sighted by the publishing outlets. In them, the woman is quoted as saying “When a girl say[s] NO it means no.” with Brand allegedly replying that he was “very sorry.”
Authorities, and the BBC, have initiated an investigation into these allegations, while Brand’s legal team has issued a blanket denial of any wrongdoing, asserting that he will cooperate with the ongoing probe.
Brand pre-empted the story in a video on his YouTube channel, describing the investigation as a witch hunt.
This isn’t the first time that Brand’s name has been linked to violent conduct against women, however. Jordan Martin, who dated Brand briefly in 2007, detailed in her book how during that six month relationship the former comedian emotional abused her, “made her brush her teeth so hard her gums bled so she would taste ‘anonymous’, and sexually assaulted her.”
The guy who filmed that Russell Brand video pic.twitter.com/oSGXRLOtUe
— Will Sebag-Montefiore (@wsebag) September 16, 2023
Brand’s pivoting from criticising capitalism and championing left-wing ideals into the deep recesses of right-wing conspiracy theories in recent years. This shift has sparked widespread criticism from both his former fans and colleagues in the entertainment industry.
While some may argue that Brand’s transformation reflects personal evolution, others see it as a calculated departure from his earlier principles. Back in January of this year, one redditor posted that when “those allegations” finally come to the light, Brand can claim they’re a witch hunt.