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Russell Brand accused of sexual assault and rape ahead of TV exposé in the UK
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Russell Brand accused of sexual assault and rape ahead of TV exposé in the UK

The British comedian has been accused of rape and sexual assault by four women.

WARNING: This article contains details of sexual assault and rape.

British comedian Russell Brand has been accused of rape and sexual assault by four women following an investigation.

The 48-year-old, who is perhaps best remembered as being married to pop superstar Katy Perry between 2010 and 2012, is the subject of an exposé by The Times and Channel 4's documentary series Dispatches.

He has denied the allegations made against him and said his relationships have been consensual.

The four women have made allegations against Brand pertaining to a period between 2006 and 2013, whilst he was employed by the BBC, Channel 4, and acting in Hollywood films like Get Him to the Greek.

One of the alleged victims was just 16-years-old at the time the abuse happened.

One woman alleges that Brand raped her against a wall in his home in Los Angeles. She was treated at a rape crisis centre the same day, according to medical records.

She later sent him a text explaining that she felt she had been taken advantage of, adding: “When a girl say[s] NO it means no,” to which Brand allegedly replied and said he was ‘very sorry’.

A second woman said Brand assaulted her when she was 16 and still at school, and he allegedly referred to her as ‘the child’ during a relationship that lasted for about three months.

Russell Brand released a YouTube video on Friday to preemptively deny the accusations against him.
Russell Brand/YouTube

A third woman said she was sexually assaulted by Brand while working with him in Los Angeles and was threatened by him if she took legal action or told anyone about her allegations.

And a fourth woman alleges she was sexually assaulted by Brand and that he was physically and emotionally abusive towards her.

All the women have chosen to remain anonymous and they do not know each other. The Times said that 'several’ women said they felt compelled to speak given Brand’s newfound prominence as a wellness influencer online.

Brand - who now has millions of followers online, including 6.6 million subscribers on YouTube - used the platform to post a video preemptively denying the accusations against him.

While accusing the media of planning a coordinated attack against him in his YouTube denial, he said last night: "Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute.

LADbible Group has approached Brand's representatives for comment.

Topics: Celebrity, News, UK News, Russell Brand