Comedian and actor Russel Brand has been embroiled in a series of disturbing allegations dating back to 2006, including accounts of sexual assault, emotional abuse, and controlling behaviour. Four women have come forward with their claims, spanning a period of seven years while Brand was at the height of his fame.
The women, including one who was just 16, made the allegations after an investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
While Brand vehemently denies these allegations, stating that all his relationships were consensual, a timeline of events suggests otherwise…
A woman alleges that in 2006, when she was just 16 and still in school, she entered into a three-month relationship with Brand.
Oh God, I just stumbled on this.... Russell Brand had a disgusting conversation with one of the biggest pedophiles ever to walk the earth.... Jimmy Savile...— Isaac’s Army (@ReturnOfKappy) September 18, 2023
They talk about Russell bringing Jimmy women..... #WeWantAnswers #RussellBrand #RusselBrand #JimmySaville pic.twitter.com/D5Y5tRs7eH
Jordan Martin accused Brand of sexually assaulting her and subjecting her to physical and emotional abuse during their six-month relationship starting February 2007.
In July 2012, a woman accused Brand of raping her against a wall at his Los Angeles home. According to her account, she had refused to engage in sexual activity with one of Brand's friends, leading to the alleged assault.
Another woman, who initially met Brand at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, claimed that he sexually assaulted her at his Los Angeles home. She alleged that he attempted to kiss her, removed her clothing against her will, and pinned her down.
The woman who accused Brand of sexual assault during the 2006 relationship when she was 16 contacted his literary agent, who was also the co-founder of the talent agency Tavistock Wood.
On September 16, 2023, the joint investigation revealed these allegations to the public.
The night before the publication of the report, Brand released a video online vehemently denying the claims and characterising them as a "coordinated attack" to discredit him due to his outspoken viewpoints, maintaining that all his relationships had been consensual.
In response to these accusations, several notable figures, including Tesla owner Elon Musk, social media influencer Andrew Tate, and political commentator Tucker Carlson, have publicly expressed their support for Brand.
Musk suggested that Brand's criticism of the media might be the reason behind the allegations, stating, "Of course. They don’t like competition."
Of course. They don’t like competition.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 15, 2023
Andrew Tate, however, is currently awaiting trial in Romania on charges of rape and human trafficking, which just makes his endorsement of Brand all the more interesting.
Andrew Tate speaks on the Russel Brand situation 👀 pic.twitter.com/2pRTaQaorM— Tate News (@TateNews_) September 17, 2023
Tucker Carlson also offered his support, asserting that speaking out on issues like drug companies and the Ukraine conflict can lead to such allegations.
Criticize the drug companies, question the war in Ukraine, and you can be pretty sure this is going to happen. https://t.co/3T7GjBddA5— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) September 16, 2023
It's essential to consider that Brand's ex-wife, Katy Perry, previously described his behaviour as "very controlling," and Dannii Minogue referred to him as a "vile predator" back in 2006.
The Metropolitan Police have acknowledged the media reports surrounding these allegations but have not received any formal reports related to the matter. Despite the allegations, Brand continues to perform and entertain his audience. During a sold-out gig in London, he cautiously addressed the situation, implying that there are certain topics he cannot discuss openly.
The outcome remains uncertain, as both Brand's defenders and accusers continue to shape the narrative surrounding these troubling allegations.