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Russell Brand Breaks Silence on Sexual Assault Claims

Russell Brand Breaks Silence on Sexual Assault Claims

Russell Brand Breaks Silence on Sexual Assault Claims
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  • Russell Brand was accused of sexual assault by multiple women.
  • Brand denies the allegations.
  • Brand’s YouTube channel has been demonetized and his live tour has been postponed.

Russell Brand has broken his silence following accusations of rape and sexual assault, expressing gratitude to his followers for critically assessing the information they’ve received.

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However, he did not directly comment on the allegations against him. In a YouTube video released on Friday, the British comedian, who vehemently denies the claims, discussed what he described as an “extraordinary and distressing week,” while also accusing the UK government of attempting to stifle his online presence.

The allegations emerged in a joint investigation by British media outlets The Sunday Times, The Times, and Channel 4’s “Dispatches,” where four women accused Brand of sexual assault incidents occurring between 2006 and 2013.

One of these women claimed to be 16 years old at the time, while Brand was 31.

It’s worth noting that the women chose not to disclose their identities in the report, and CNN has not independently verified their allegations.

At least two of the alleged incidents reportedly took place in Los Angeles, with one woman seeking treatment at a rape treatment center on the same day as the alleged assault.

The center reportedly contacted the police, but the woman decided against filing a report, citing doubts about her words having any impact in contrast to Brand’s stature, as indicated by notes from the rape center shared with The Times.

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In his video statement, the 48-year-old Brand did not directly address the accusations against him, focusing instead on his concerns about online censorship efforts.

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“By now you’re probably aware that the British government has asked big tech platforms to censor our online content and that some online platforms have complied with that request,” he said.

“What you may not know is that this happens in the context of the online safety bill, which is a piece of UK legislation that grants sweeping surveillance and censorship powers, and it’s a law that has already been passed.”

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The UK’s online safety bill, aimed at compelling social media platforms to remove illegal content and criminalizing specific online behavior, successfully concluded its final Parliamentary debate on Tuesday but awaits formal enactment into law.

Russell Brand, known for his background as a comedian and actor, preemptively refuted the allegations in a video posted on his verified Instagram account before the documentary’s broadcast.

In recent years, Brand has transitioned to a YouTube channel, which has faced allegations of promoting conspiracy theories, including those related to COVID-19 denialism.

Following the emergence of these allegations, YouTube has removed monetization from Brand’s channel, and his live tour has been postponed.

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