British police stated on Monday they’d launched an investigation into a lot of allegations of non-recent sexual offences following media reports that 4 ladies had accused actor and comic Russell Brand of a string of sexual assaults.
Earlier this month, the Sunday Times newspaper and Channel 4 TV’s documentary present “Dispatches” reported the ladies had accused Brand, 48, of sex offences, together with rape, between 2006 and 2013.
Brand has rejected the “very serious criminal allegations”, saying on his social media channels that he had by no means had non-consensual sex.
“Following an investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches and The Sunday Times, the Met has received a number of allegations of sexual offences in London,” London’s Metropolitan Police stated in a press release.
“We have also received a number of allegations of sexual offences committed elsewhere in the country and will investigate these.”
Police declined to present particulars of the dates, the variety of incidents, or the small print of the offences beneath investigation.
However final week, within the wake of the reports, the police did say they’d obtained an allegation of a sexual assault reported to have taken place in Soho, central London, in 2003.
“We continue to encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a sexual offence, no matter how long ago it was, to contact us,” stated Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy, who’s main the investigation.
Since the allegations have been first printed and broadcast, British media have detailed different accounts by ladies alleging inappropriate behaviour by Brand, the previous husband of US singer Katy Perry and as soon as one of many nation’s most high-profile comedians and broadcasters.
It additionally led to his promoters asserting the remaining dates of a stand-up tour he was on had been postponed, whereas YouTube stated final Tuesday it had blocked Brand from creating wealth from his on-line channel.
Brand accused “big tech”, the federal government and mainstream media of making an attempt to close down impartial voices when he began his common broadcast on Monday on the web video web site Rumble, the place he has 1.6 million followers.
However, he made no rapid reference to the allegations of sexual offences.
Canadian-based platform Rumble has rejected calls from British lawmakers, amongst others to cease Brand, who has starred in a lot of movies comparable to “Get Him to the Greek”, from creating wealth from the location.
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