Russell Brand news — TV presenter faces new abuse allegations as 'rape victim' speaks out over fears for women's safety | The Sun

RUSSELL Brand is facing a new raft of allegations after he was accused of rape, sexual assault and abuse by multiple women in a bombshell investigation.

In the wake of shocking claims made this weekend, more alleged victims have contacted The Sunday Times with more accusations against the TV presenter.

Both the BBC and Channel 4 have now launched an urgent probe into the allegations, with the Met Police urging any further potential victims to come forward.

One of the alleged victims, known as "Nadia", revealed that she broke her silence after becoming sickened by the comic’s new status as a wellness influencer with millions of followers, telling the newspaper: "I don't feel like a victim now. I feel like a survivor – I'm glad I'm on the other side of it. I'm stronger. At the time, I was so depleted of everything that I thought I was worth nothing.

"And that is not true. I just want to help make a change because I know it's not just me that was hurt by this … When I heard that you were doing this I was like 'OK, I'm ready – I'm ready to do this now'."

Brand vehemently denied the claims before the documentary and article were released.

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  • By Louis Allwood

    What has Russell Brand been accused of?

    Five women have spoken up with claims that Brand assaulted them between 2006 and 2013. Brand vehemently denied the claims before the documentary and article were released.

    The first claims to have been raped by the comedian against a wall at his home in Los Angeles.

    She also alleges that she went to a rape crisis center the same day before texting Brand to tell him that "when a girl [says] no it means no".

    According to his accuser, Brand apologised in response.

    The second woman alleges that Brand had an abusive relationship with her for three months when she was just 16.

    She claims that the then-31-year-old groomed her and then sexually assaulted her, forcing her to punch him in the stomach to make him stop.

    The third woman claims that Brand sexually assaulted her while they worked together in LA and threatened legal action if she spoke out.

    The fourth woman also claims that he sexually assault her, as well as accusing him of physical and emotional abuse.

    And finally, the fifth woman accusing Brand of sexual assault his Jordan Martin.

  • By Louis Allwood

    What has Russell Brand said about Katy Perry?

    In October 2017, Brand gushed over his ex-wife during an appearance on the US chat programme, The Wendy Williams Show.

    Talking of their relationship, he said: "But it was a very, very wonderful time.

    "She was lovely. She’s such a lovely person I’ve got nothing but love for her.”

    Brand also went on to give his take about her job as judge on American Idol.

    He continued: "I don't know much about American Idol or things like that.

    "I certainly think that she's probably a very good judge, so I certainly wouldn't comment on how much she's earning in the negative. I wish her all the best in all of her endeavours."

    In September of that same year, Brand revealed that he wanted to be friends with the American pop-star, six years after their marriage ended.

    Speaking to Grazia magazine, Brand said: “I’m willing and open for reconciliation, any kind.

    "Because if we can’t overcome our relatively trivial personal disputes in this world, what hope is there for us?”

  • By Louis Allwood

    What has Katy Perry said about Russell Brand?

    Katy previously told Vogue that Brand was the one who decided to end their marriage when he sent her a text message on New Year's Eve 2011, informing her that he planned to file for divorce.

    "He's a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him," Katy said at the time.

    "Let's just say I haven't heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011."

    In 2020, the singer spoke of their relationship once more, calling her marriage to Brand as like a "tornado".

    Katy also described the relationship as the "first breaking of my idealistic mind."

    "I was having great success at 23, 24 and 25 and then I met someone that was interesting and stimulating. It was just like a tornado, it was everything happening at once," she revealed.

  • By Louis Allwood

    Why did Katy Perry and Russell Brand split up?

    During their marriage, rumours circulated that the pair were on the verge of a divorce.

    On December 30, 2011, Brand filed for divorce and according to Katy, informed her of his decision a day later on New Year's Eve.

    Sources claimed the split was down to the pair’s busy work schedules. 

    They divorced after 14 months of marriage.

    The comedian married his wife Laura Gallacher in August 2017 and they have two children with their third on the way.

  • By Louis Allwood

    When were Katy Perry and Russell Brand married?

    Comedian and actor Russell Brand was previously married to American singer-songwriter Katy Perry.

    They tied the knot in October 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony in Rajasthan, India, at the Aman-i-Khas luxury resort.

    The ceremony took place next to the tiger sanctuary where he proposed ten months earlier.

  • By Louis Allwood

    What has Russell Brand said?

    Before the allegations were published, Brand released a YouTube video in which he strongly denied the claims, without specifying what they were.

    He explained that he had been contacted by a major newspaper, now known to be the Times, and a TV broadcaster, now known to be Channel 4, who will run a Dispatches programme on the subject tonight at 9pm.

    The 48-year-old slammed the accusations as "untrue" and said that they were part of a "coordinated media attack" against him for "attacking mainstream media narratives".

    He added that he "completely refutes" the reports and claimed that all of his relationships were "always consensual".

    The video seemingly received the backing of his sister-in-law Kirsty Gallacher, who shared the clip to her own social media, though this has now been deleted.

    Brand was also backed by controversial influencer Andrew Tate, who called the allegations against him "crazy".

    However, Brand's wife Laura has not commented on the reports and has seemingly deleted her Instagram page.

  • By Louis Allwood

    Bob Geldof’s X-rated blast at Russell Brand

    Bob Geldof's cutting remarks to Russell Brand live on air have resurfaced after the Dispatches documentary revealed a string of sex abuse claims against the comedian.

    The Irish singer-songwriter brutally shunned Brand, 48, in just five words as he took to the stage at the NME awards in 2006.



    Bob Geldof’s X-rated blast at Brand live on TV resurface after abuse claims

  • By Louis Allwood

    BBC accused of ‘enabling predator’ 

    The organisation revealed yesterday they were urgently starting investigations after the bombshell allegations of rape and sex assaults made about their former host.

    And MPs and lawyers said the investigation by The Sunday Times and Dispatches documentary posed huge questions.

    In a fraught 24 hours for the BBC, with serious claims against one of its ex-stars, the broadcaster is again facing allegations it failed to act on serious complaints — just like the Jimmy Savile scandal.

    On his Radio 2 show Brand is alleged to have exposed his genitals to colleagues and show guests — with one appearing to be a minor — by urinating in a bottle.

    Staff say a serious complaint was made to station controller Lesley Douglas but no formal action was taken.

    Brand hinted in his autobiography that while on BBC 6 Music, he had been having sex with competition winners in the toilets.

    His book implied Douglas was aware, but no action was taken.

  • By Louis Allwood

    Women and children’s anti-violence charity cuts ties

    Last night several more women made allegations against Brand, following the first claims that emerged on Saturday.

    The comedian and actor-turned wellness guru has denied the “very serious” claims and insisted that all his relationships were “always consensual”.

    However a women and children’s anti-violence charity yesterday cut its ties with him.

  • By Louis Allwood

    'Urgent' probe launched

    BBC and Channel 4 launched probes into Russell Brand last night after more details emerged over rape and sex assault allegations.

    They are “urgently” examining claims they ignored complaints against the ex-TV host, 48, dubbed a “demon” by a woman he allegedly raped, an accusation Brand denies.

    Police are also preparing an investigation and appealed for any victims to come forward.

  • By Louis Allwood

    Russell Brand ‘sent BBC car to pick girl, 16, up from school and drop her at his home’

    Russell Brand sent a BBC company car to pick up a 16-year-old who he allegedly assaulted from school, it has been claimed.

    The comedian has been accused of rape, sexual assault and abuse by five women – and one has told how he allegedly groomed her.

    The woman, who is being referred to as Alice, previously claimed that he sexually assaulted her and forced her to perform oral sex, in a shocking expose in The Times. Brand has vehemently denied the claims.

    Alice claimed she had to punch the actor and comedian in the abdomen to try and stop the alleged attack.

    Now she has claimed he used a BBC car to ferry her to and from his home.

    She said: “The first time I used it, he told me it was booked to take him to his radio show but he had a friend taking him instead so I should use that car.” 

  • By Louis Allwood

    Moment Russell Brand bragged about kissing Meghan Markle

    Russell Brand once bragged about kissing Meghan Markle before her marriage to Prince Harry in a resurfaced clip.

    The shocking video comes as the comedian, 48, has been accused of rape, sexual assault and abuse by five women.

    You can take a look at the clip here.

  • By Louis Allwood

    Dannii Minogue calls Russell Brand ‘vile predator’

    Dannii Minogue claimed shamed comedian Russell Brand “wouldn’t take no for an answer” and branded him a “vile predator” in a resurfaced interview.

    The Aussie popstar made the claims years before a bombshell expose revealed allegations of rape, sexual assault and abuse against the presenter.



    Dannii Minogue calls Russell Brand ‘vile predator’ after incident on show

  • By Louis Allwood

    More women come forward

    More women have come forward with accusations against Russell Brand as the BBC and Channel 4 face questions over his alleged behaviour, according to reports.

    A bombshell expose saw Brand, 48, this weekend accused of rape, sexual assault and abuse by four women.

    Brand insisted that while he was "promiscuous", his relationships had always been consensual.

    He has been hit with accusations around controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour which were not investigated – but are said to now be being "rigorously checked".

    The BBC and Channel 4 are also facing questions of allegedly not acting on comedian's behaviour over the years, which was said to be an "open secret" within the media giants.

    Brand has vehemently denied the claims.

  • By Louis Allwood

    Russel Brans faces multiple allegations

    Russel Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assault and abuse by multiple women in a recently released episode of dispatches.

    In the wake of the claims more alleged victims have raced to contact The Times with more accusations against the presenter.

    BBC and Channel 4 have now launched an urgent probe into the allegations, with the Met Police urging any further potential victims to come forward.

    Brand has vehemently denied the claims.

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