As the investigation on the accusations on Brand continue, YouTube has taken the step of cutting off his YouTube channel from earning a single penny.
This step comes from YouTube in response to the allegations that Brand is facing now, which cites a clear and serious violation of YouTube’s creator responsibility policy.
How can YouTube restrict Brand’s channel from earning any money?
The popular video-sharing platform has suspended its YouTube partner programme with Brand’s channel.
This restricts Brand’s channel from monetising its content on the platform.
According to YouTube’s partner programme,
The platform pays the content creators on YouTube with money earned from showing advertisements in the middle or along with their videos.
This businesses, quite a hit with creators, has proven to be a good source of money.
Allegations made on Brand
(Trigger warning: Mentions of rape, sexual assault, abuse)
Brand is facing accusations of sexual assault, rape and emotional abuse from four women, all between 2006 and 2013.
One woman accused Brand of raping her without a condom and stopping her from leaving till she finally escaped in the name of “going to the bathroom”.
Another woman from the UK accused him of emotionally abusing her when she was 16 years old and “in school”, and the actor was in his 30s. She even said that during their emotionally abusive and controlling relationship, Brand used to refer to her as “the child”.
A third woman asserts that Brand sexually assaulted her during their work in Los Angeles. She alleges that she repeatedly demanded he stop, and when he finally relented, he became extremely angry. She further claims that he threatened legal action if she disclosed her accusation.
The fourth woman alleges sexual assault by Brand in the UK and recounts instances of physical and emotional abuse.
The 48-year-old comedian has denied all the allegations made on him through a video, which was posted on his social media, a few days prior to them surfacing online.
Brand had also been transferring his videos to the YouTube rival platform Rumble, anticipating a move from YouTube. Brand has a total of 6.6 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, ones he will not be able to access on the YouTube rival app.