Serious Questions Face the Actor/Comedian
Comedian and former actor Russell Brand has decided to postpone the few remaining dates of his charity fundraiser tour, “Bipolarization.” Last Saturday, the UK’s Channel 4 aired an hour-long documentary in which several women accused him of sexual assault. According to Vanity Fair, a BBC spokesperson said, “The documentary and associated reports contained serious allegations spanning a number of years. Russell Brand worked on BBC radio programmes between 2006 and 2008, and we are urgently looking into the issues raised.”
The companies who employed Brand at the time of the incidents, the BBC and Banijay, have launched an investigation into the claims. Brand denied the allegations via his YouTube channel in a video titled “So, This Is Happening,” where he “absolutely refutes” the “litany of astonishing, rather baroque, attacks.”. His YouTube channel has 6.6 million subscribers, and his X (formerly Twitter) account has more than 11 million followers. Brand not only denied the accusations but made some of his own: “(It) makes me question, is there another agenda at play?” he said. The allegations made against Brand were first released in a joint investigation by The Times of London, The Sunday Times, and a Channel 4 documentary program titled “Dispatches.” Four women have come forward accusing the comedian of sexual assault between 2006 and 2013.
In recent years, Brand has disappeared from mainstream media but has built a large following online with videos geared towards self-wellness and conspiracy theories. According to the London Associated Press, as of September 19, the comedian-turned-influencer’s YouTube channel has been demonetized, which means Brand will not be able to earn money from ads on his channel. Other channels associated with the star include Awakening with Russell, which has 426,000 subscribers. Football is Nice, with 20,000, and Stay Free With Russell Brand, which has 22,200 subscribers. However, it does not stop there.
The comedian’s publishing deal with Bluebird, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, was suspended following the allegations. A representative of Bluebird said in a statement, “These are very serious allegations, and in light of them, Bluebird has decided to pause all future publishing with Russell Brand.” According to Vanity Fair, following the allegations, the actor was recently dropped by his management agency, Tavistock Wood.
So, This is Happening [Video] YouTube, Russell Brand