- Film And TV
- 02 Oct 23
The British entertainer faces serious allegations of rape, sexual assault, harassment and stalking, dating back almost 20 years.
After London’s Metropolitan Police commenced an official investigation into sexual assault allegations made against Russell Brand last week, It has emerged that the Thames Valley Police is also looking into the matter.
A woman reportedly contacted the Thames Valley Police two weeks ago with “new information” in relation to reports of “harassment and stalking,” according to the BBC. The Metropolitan Police have previously stated that it had received a “number of allegations of sexual offences," that had occurred a number of years ago, in both London and elsewhere in the country.
Thames Valley Police is the force in charge of Henley-On-Thames in Oxfordshire where Brand currently resides, with his wife Laura and their two children. The comedian also owns a pub in the surrounding area.
The woman reported her allegations to Thames Valley Police several times between 2018 and 2022 but no further action was taken. Separately, Brand had also accused the woman of harassment against him in 2017, the BBC said.
The force said it will be offering specialist support to all of the women who have made allegations.
Brand was recently the subject of a joint investigation by The Times of London, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 documentary strand Dispatches. The recent documentary alleged that Brand had sexually abused four women, between 2006 and 2013, when he was at the height of his career — appearing regularly on the BBC, Channel 4, and starring in Hollywood films.
One of the women said she was sexually assaulted during a relationship with him when she was just 16.
The 48-year-old Essex native has adamantly refuted any allegations made against him thus far, remaining active in regular appearances on the video sharing platform Rumble.
In the fallout of the recent allegations, Brand took to the platform in a video statement; vowing to continue creating content, and saying he’ll tackle controversial topics like “deep state and corporate collusion,” big pharma, media corruption and censorship.
Closing his statement, Brand pleaded for support from his followers, which he needs “now more than ever and more than I ever imagined I would.”
The "free speech" platform also hosts controversial streamers like Andrew Tate, who has faced similar accusations of sexual abuse and human trafficking.
Since the Times article, Brand’s live tour has been postponed and his publishing deal with Pan Macmillan imprint Bluebird was suspended.
Channel 4 and the BBC have also pulled digital content featuring Brand, with the BBC stating that the content "falls below public expectations.” Though his content has been fully demonetized, Brand's YouTube account still remains active.
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