The London police have been informed of allegations of sexual assault involving Russell Brand.
On Monday, the London police announced that they had been informed about a claim of sexual assault involving Russell Brand, a comedian and actor from the UK.
The police issued a statement in response to claims made by The Sunday Times and Channel 4. These sources reported that four women have accused Brand of sexual assault, including an alleged rape at his home in Los Angeles, occurring between 2006 and 2013.
Brand has refuted the allegations, asserting that all of his sexual encounters were “completely consensual.”
The comedian came to prominence as a commentator for the reality show Big Brother. He went on to play major roles in the US films “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” in 2008 and “Get Him to the Greek” in 2010, and was briefly married to singer Katy Perry.
In recent times, Brand has gained popularity as a political analyst and vlogger, with certain videos of his discussing COVID-19 conspiracy theories and providing inaccurate information about vaccines.
What was the statement made by the police?
Police have stated that following the release of media reports, they have received a testimony regarding an alleged assault that occurred in the Soho area of central London in 2003.
The Metropolitan Police statement mentioned that the officers are in touch with the woman and will offer her assistance.
“We first spoke with The Sunday Times on Saturday, 16 September and have since made further approaches to The Sunday Times and Channel 4 to ensure that anyone who believes they have been the victim of a sexual offense is aware of how to report this to the police.”
The claims are being investigated by three companies where Brand used to work: the BBC, Chanel 4, and the Banijay UK production company.
Brand performances canceled, postponed
The comedian had a scheduled stand-up performance at the Theatre Royal Windsor on Tuesday, but the show has been canceled.
The promoters of the brand’s tour announced that they would be delaying further shows.
“We regret to inform you that we will be rescheduling the remaining addiction charity fundraiser shows. Although we are not fond of this decision, we trust that you will comprehend our reasons,” stated the announcement.
Tavistock Wood, the talent agency, has also terminated its association with Brand, expressing feeling deceived by him. The publisher of Bluebird has chosen to temporarily halt any future partnerships with the comedian.
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