Russell Brand Accused Of Sexual Assault By Multiple Women—Here's Everything You Need To Know

The comedian and actor is now under fire for allegedly assaulting women, who claim that the misconduct took place many years ago. As soon as the allegations came out, YouTube blocked his ability to monetize on the streaming site.

By Gina Florio4 min read
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Comedian Russell Brand has been accused of rape and sexual assault by four women in an investigation conducted by the UK's Sunday Times, the Times, and Channel 4’s Dispatches. The alleged incidents span seven years and occurred while Brand was working for the BBC, on Channel 4, and in various films. Brand, known for his hedonistic past when he self-admittedly was promiscuous, is known for his comedic roles in films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He now hosts a widely popular podcast and spends his time exposing the establishment media's lies. He has denied the allegations in a video, claiming that the encounters were entirely consensual.

Russell Brand Accused of Sexual Assault by Multiple Women

The allegations arrive amid the continued impact of the #MeToo movement, which has spurred many women to speak out about sexual abuse, even if the alleged abuse took place years ago. High-profile figures like Johnny Depp, Louis CK, Harvey Weinstein, and more have been accused of sexual misconduct; some of them have found themselves in contentious legal battles.

The investigation into Brand documented one rape and three sexual assault allegations. Nadia (all names have been changed to protect the identity of the women) claims she was raped by Brand after rejecting his suggestion for a threesome. She provided text messages and medical records from a rape crisis center to corroborate her story. Alice, who was apparently 16 and dated Brand when he was 31 for three months, alleges he forced himself on her orally, despite her physical resistance. She claims that she had to punch Brand in the stomach to resist his advances. Phoebe describes an assault that occurred at Brand's house, where he allegedly pinned her down and sexually assaulted her. A fourth anonymous person alleged sexual assault as well as physical and emotional abuse.

The investigation also includes accounts from others who corroborated a pattern of predatory behavior by Brand, claiming it was an “open secret” in the industry. Comedian Daniel Sloss is the only one who spoke on record, confirming rumors about Brand's behavior. He says he heard rumors that female comedians would warn others about Brand's behavior. In the aftermath, both BBC and Channel 4 are conducting internal investigations, and more people have come forward with undisclosed allegations against Brand, which the Times is working to verify.

On Friday, before the investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault against him was published, Brand responded with a video to announce that he had received news of the allegations about "egregious attacks" against him. He asserted that his relationships have "always been absolutely consensual," labeling the impending allegations as "serious criminal" charges. Brand stated he received letters from a TV company and a newspaper that contained a series of "aggressive attacks," and expressed his belief that he was the subject of a "coordinated attack." He emphasized the gravity of the matter and indicated he would look further into it.

Despite the publication of the allegations on Saturday, Brand proceeded with a scheduled comedy performance that evening at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in London as part of his Bipolarisation tour. The 2,000-capacity venue saw him allude to the allegations during his set, although he did not address them directly. He informed the audience that there were issues he wished to discuss but couldn't due to circumstances. Following this performance, the remaining dates for his comedy tour were postponed.

People Question the Timing of Russell Brand's Sexual Assault Allegations

While all sexual assault allegations should be taken seriously, it is reasonable to question the timing of these accusations. Brand has spent the last several years away from Hollywood and the acting world in order to focus his time on exposing the corrupt media industry, corrupt globalist politicians, and the corrupt coronavirus narrative. His channel and popularity have grown exponentially because many of the topics he covers on his show speak to the average person who is fed up with the establishment's power over us. Brand has always been honest about his lewd past, and it's clear that he gave up that lifestyle a long time ago to settle down with his wife and children. Many people are wondering why these women would come forward now, after all these years.

Even Elon Musk, Tesla founder and owner of X, responded to Brand's video and pointed out that "they don't like competition." Dr. Simon Goddek, who was banned from X (only to be reinstated this year) because he challenged the coronavirus narrative, also replied and said he lost three jobs for questioning Covid, and he's even taking his former employer to court over it. Many others called this a "matrix attack" and demanded to hear more evidence to corroborate these serious allegations.

Others pointed to Trump's indictment. Viva Frei wrote, "Trump’s indictment showed us you don’t even have to have committed a criminal act in order to be indicted; Enrique Tarrio’s sentencing showed us you don’t even have to have been present to be convicted; Douglass Mackey’s conviction showed us obvious satire can now be criminalized. All concrete evidence that anyone with a remotely checkered past will be an easy target. As Alex Jones said, it’s the same play over and over again. You’re just the latest target."

Content creator known as The Redheaded Libertarian pointed out that the accusers went straight to the media, not through the courts. "They made a documentary, they didn’t file a police report. Convince me they want Justice, and not money," she wrote on X.

Others pointed out that it seems odd that one of the accusers would maintain a relationship with him for months if he were allegedly abusing her during the whole time period. However, there are people who urge others to believe the women who accuse Brand of sexual misconduct, claiming that he has intentionally built a following over the last several years that would make his followers distrustful of the media because he knew that one day he would be under fire for his past actions.

YouTube Suspended Monetization of Russell Brand's Account

YouTube has suspended the monetization of Brand's account following the multiple allegations of sexual assault. The Google-owned video streaming platform announced on Tuesday that the decision to halt earnings from ads on Brand's videos is a direct response to the "serious allegations against the creator." The suspension is comprehensive, extending to "all channels that may be owned or operated by Russell Brand."

Brand's main YouTube account boasts a following of 6.6 million subscribers and features videos on a range of topics, such as the origins of the Hawaii fires and the scientific basis—or lack thereof—behind Covid lockdowns. The suspension will significantly impact his revenue streams, as he will no longer earn money from ads that run within or alongside his YouTube videos. Besides his main account, the ban also affects other associated channels, including "Awakening With Russell," which has 426,000 subscribers, "Football Is Nice," with around 20,000 subscribers, and "Stay Free With Russell Brand," which has 22,200 subscribers. All these channels will also see their ability to generate ad revenue revoked.

Despite the suspension on YouTube, Brand maintains a digital presence on other platforms. He has a channel on Rumble, a video site that has found popularity, where he commands a following of 1.4 million. Additionally, Brand has a significant social media presence with 11.2 million followers on X (formerly known as Twitter), and another 3.8 million followers on Instagram.

This move by YouTube has rightfully gained much criticism, as it sets a dangerous precedent. Brand has not even been taken to trial yet. There has been no conviction. He has lost a huge source of income simply because of the allegations. Long gone are the days when people are innocent until proven guilty. For YouTube, Brand is guilty until proven innocent.

Podcast host and author Candace Owens called out YouTube and asked how they could justify demonetizing someone's account "based on allegations" when there are "actual drug dealers and convincts that currently have YouTube channels." How does this make any sense?

Everyone supports the right to a fair trial, and even people who support Brand believe that the women accusing him of sexual misconduct should have the right to bring their evidence and their story to court. But the fact that a social media site can be the arbiter of punishment before the courts have dealt with it is a very frightening matter that will only lead to more people having their income slashed in the future because they're on the wrong side of the mainstream narrative.

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