Russell Brand allegations prompt U.K. policeto open sex crimes investigation triggered by news reporting. The Metropolitan Police Force in London said on Monday that it had "received a number of allegations of sexual offenses" after a TV documentary and newspaper investigations. It said that no one has been caught.
Brand has rejected the claims in public and said that the UK government is trying to silence him. The investigation will be done by detectives from the Central Specialist Crime Command of the Met. They will be led by Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy, according to a statement from the Met.
Russell Brand wearing a black jacket
British police said Monday that they are looking into "a number of allegations of sexual offenses" against the controversial comedian Russell Brand in London and the rest of the country.
In a statement, London's Metropolitan Police said they started the investigation after four women accused Brand of sexual attack or rape in a joint investigation by The Times of London, The Sunday Times, and Channel 4 Dispatches. A fifth woman also said that he showed her his private parts. The Metropolitan Police said:
Following an investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches and The Sunday Times, the Met has received a number of allegations of sexual offenses in London. We have also received a number of allegations of sexual offenses committed elsewhere in the country and will investigate these.- London Metropolitan Police
At least two of the attacks were said to have happened in Los Angeles. The report says that one woman was treated at a center for people who have been raped on the same day as the claimed attack. The statement said that none of the accusations were new. The Metropolitan Police did not say anything new about the claims.
A woman said last week that Brand exposed himself to her in 2008. The woman told CBS News partner BBC Newsthat she was working in the same building as the BBC's Los Angeles office when the event happened and that Brand laughed about it on his radio show a few minutes later.
In their statement, the police did not name Brand, but they did talk about the recent stories and documentary. It said that police were looking into claims of sexual offenses that happened "a long time ago," both in London and elsewhere.
Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy of the Met's Specialist Crime Command, who is in charge of the case, said:
We continue to encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a sexual offence, no matter how long ago it was, to contact us. We understand it can feel like a difficult step to take and I want to reassure that we have a team of specialist officers available to advise and support.- Andy Furphy
Senior British politicians have asked police to look into the claims, and the U.K. entertainment business has been asked if Brand's bad behavior was ignored because of his fame.
One of the victims, whose names were not given in the joint media investigation, said she was raped by him when she was 16 and had a relationship with him. Another woman claims that Brand raped her in 2012 in Los Angeles.
Brand has rejected the claims, saying that all of his relationships have been "consensual," even when he was "very, very promiscuous."
In the early 2000s, Brand was a big star in the U.K. because of how wild and racy his stand-up acts were. He had radio and TV shows, wrote about his struggles with drugs and drinking in autobiographies, acted in several Hollywood movies, and was married to pop star Katy Perry for a short time between 2010 and 2012.
Brand hasn't been in the news much lately, but he has a big following online thanks to videos that mix health and conspiracy ideas. Due to the "serious allegations" against Brand, YouTube said last week that it would stop him from getting money from the streaming site, where he has 6.6 million subscribers. Mohan told "CBS Mornings"co-host Tony Dokoupil:
If creators have off-platform behavior, or there's off-platform news that could be damaging to the broader creator ecosystem, you can be suspended from our monetization program. It's impacted a number of creators and personalities on the platform in the past. And that's what played out in this particular case around the serious allegations.- Neal Mohan
Since the claims became public, Brand has also had to cancel a number of live shows. His talent agency and a publisher have also dropped him since the allegations came out.
Brand is still active on Rumble, a video site that some conservatives and far-right groups like to use. His channel on Rumble has 1.6 million fans. People have said that the site lets false information and conspiracy ideas on and sometimes even promotes them.
Brand held a new show on Rumble on Monday. He said that the platform had made a "clear commitment to free speech."
After Russell Brand was accused of attack, the London police started looking into sex crimes. The comedian was accused by four women of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse, according to the Associated Press. The London Metropolitan Police reportedly received "a number of allegations of sexual offenses" as a result. The message did not directly mention Brand.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they got a report of a sexual assault that is said to have happened in Soho, a part of central London, in 2003. This is what led to the news of the investigation. Brand wasn't mentioned in that story either. The cops usually don't release the names of people under investigation or who have been hurt.