Russell Brand Accused of Sexual Assault, Denies Allegations
British actor, comedian, and commentator Russell Brand is facing sexual assault allegations, which he denies.
The Details: A joint investigation which British publications The Times (Center bias) and Channel 4 Dispatches claim began in 2019 alleges Brand sexually assaulted four different women between 2006 and 2013 when he worked as a presenter for BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4. Brand, who has recently become known for his political commentary through his podcast, Stay Free with Russell Brand, denied the allegations.
For Context: Brand was notably married to pop star Katy Perry from 2010 to 2011, and says he’s previously opened up about his substance and sex addictions in his books. Recent guests on Brand’s Stay Free podcast include Candace Owens (Right bias), Briahna Joy Gray (Left bias), Bari Weiss (Center bias), Glenn Greenwald (Center bias), and Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
Key Quote: A few hours before the investigation was published, Brand released a video statement, in which he denied the claims. Brand said he was “very, very promiscuous” in his past, but relationships “were absolutely always consensual.” He added that he feels “like there’s a serious and concerted agenda” behind the allegations.
How the Media Covered It: The story was widely covered across the spectrum, particularly by British outlets. The Telegraph UK (Lean Right bias) described Brand’s statement as “posted on a channel where he has made a number of anti-vaccination claims.” British outlets more often framed headlines around the accusations, while American outlets more often framed them around Brand’s denial.
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From the RightRussell Brand accused of rape and sexual abuse
Russell Brand has been accused of a rape, sexual assaults and emotional abuse in a period spanning seven years and during the height of his fame.
The allegations from four women – including one who claimed she was just 16 when she was “groomed” by the comedian – have emerged as part of an investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches and The Sunday Times.
Brand, 48, who is in the middle of a UK tour, has vehemently denied the “very, very serious criminal allegations”, insisting that all his sexual relationships have been consensual.
From the CenterUK comedian Russell Brand denies media allegations of sex assaults
British comedian and actor Russell Brand has denied any criminal wrongdoing as the Sunday Times newspaper reported four women had accused him of sexual assaults, including rape, during a seven-year period when he was at the height of his fame.
Brand, 48, the former husband of U.S. singer Katy Perry, issued a denial to unspecified "very serious criminal allegations" hours before they were published online by the newspaper on Saturday.
The Sunday Times did not say if any of the women had made complaints to the police. Reuters was unable...
From the LeftRussell Brand denies sexual assault allegations
British comedian and actor Russell Brand is denying allegations of sexual assault against him following a joint investigation published Saturday by the Times of London, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
In a video posted to his social media accounts, Brand denied the allegations and said his relationships have all been consensual. He said he received "extremely disturbing" communications from a mainstream TV company and a newspaper "listing a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks."
"But amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations...