A endowment bureau and a steadfast besides parted institution with Brand implicit the claims, which person near the UK amusement manufacture facing questions astir whether the comedian’s atrocious behaviour went unchallenged due to the fact that of his fame.
Brand, 48, denies allegations of intersexual battle made by 4 women successful a Channel 4 tv documentary and The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. The accusers, who person not been named, see 1 who said she was sexually assaulted during a narration with him erstwhile she was 16. Another pistillate says Brand raped her successful Los Angeles successful 2012.
London's Metropolitan Police unit said that since the allegations were made nationalist it had received “a study of a intersexual battle which was alleged to person taken spot successful Soho successful cardinal London successful 2003." That is 3 years earlier the earliest of the alleged assaults reported by the media outlets.
The constabulary unit said "officers are successful interaction with the pistillate and volition beryllium providing her with support.” It did not place the alleged perpetrator arsenic Brand, but referred to the paper and TV allegations successful its statement. Police urged "anyone who believes they whitethorn person been a unfortunate of a intersexual offence, nary substance however agelong agone it was, to interaction us.”
In a video connection released successful effect to the media claims, Brand said that his relationships were “always consensual.”
The Times said Monday that much women had contacted the paper with allegations against Brand and they would beryllium “rigorously checked.”
Max Blain, spokesperson for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, said the claims were “very superior and concerning.” Conservative legislator Caroline Nokes, who chairs the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee, urged constabulary successful some Britain and the United States to analyse the “incredibly shocking” allegations.
“This merits and needs a transgression investigation, due to the fact that for excessively agelong we person seen men - and the perpetrators of these sorts of crimes are astir invariably men -- not being held to relationship for their behaviours and their actions,” she told BBC radio.
The claims person renewed statement astir the “lad culture” that flourished successful Britain successful the 1990s and aboriginal 2000s, and the misogyny that inactive percolates connected the internet.
The allegations reported by the newspapers and Channel 4 screen the play betwixt 2006 and 2013, erstwhile Brand was a large prima successful Britain with a increasing U.S. profile.
Known for his unbridled and risqué stand-up routines, helium hosted shows connected vigor and television, wrote memoirs charting his battles with drugs and alcohol, appeared successful respective Hollywood movies and was concisely joined to popular prima Katy Perry betwixt 2010 and 2012.
Brand was suspended by the BBC successful 2008 for making lewd prank calls to “Fawlty Towers” histrion Andrew Sachs successful which helium boasted astir having enactment with Sachs’ granddaughter. He discontinue his vigor amusement successful the aftermath of the incident, which drew thousands of complaints to the publically funded broadcaster.
The BBC, Channel 4 and the accumulation institution down the “Big Brother” world bid – spinoffs of which were hosted by Brand - each accidental they person launched investigations into Brand’s behaviour and however complaints were handled.
Brand besides has been dropped by endowment bureau Tavistock Wood, which said it had been “horribly misled” by him. Publisher Bluebird, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, said it had decided to “pause” aboriginal publishing with Brand.
Supporters of Brand asked wherefore the allegations were being made years aft the alleged incidents. The women said that they lone felt acceptable to archer their stories aft being approached by reporters, with immoderate citing Brand’s newfound prominence arsenic an online wellness influencer arsenic a origin successful their determination to speak.
Victims and the media besides person to instrumentality relationship of Britain’s claimant-friendly libel laws, which enactment the load of impervious connected those making allegations.
In caller years Brand has mostly disappeared from mainstream media but has built up a ample pursuing online with videos mixing wellness and conspiracy theories. His YouTube channel, which has much than 6 cardinal subscribers, has featured COVID-19 conspiracy theories, vaccine misinformation and interviews with arguable broadcasters including Tucker Carlson and Joe Rogan.
He besides has continued to circuit arsenic a comedian, performing to hundreds of radical successful a London venue connected Saturday evening arsenic the Channel 4 documentary was broadcast. He had been owed to execute Tuesday successful Windsor, westbound of London, but promoters said the remainder of the circuit was being postponed.