In response to the mounting accusations of abuse towards Russell Brand, London’s Metropolitan Police are urging victims to speak up. This comes after The Times of London, The Sunday Times, and Channel 4’s Dispatches investigative documentary team partnered over the weekend to release a detailed account of allegations against the comedian, including rape, sexual assault, abusive, and predatory behavior.
What did The Metropolitan Police say to Russel Brand victims?
After these allegations of abuse and assault surfaced, The Metropolitan Police issued a statement urging people who believe that they have been harassed in any way by Russel Brand over the years,, to speak up. “We are aware of media reporting of a series of allegations of sexual assault. We have not received any reports in relation to this,” began the statement. “If anyone believes they have been the victim of a sexual assault, no matter how long ago, we would encourage them to contact police.”
What are the allegations that have been made against Russel Brand?
In a Saturday dossier by The Times of London and a 90-minute documentary by Channel 4, four women shared accounts, speaking anonymously, about their encounters with the star. They detailed allegations ranging from grooming of a young woman when she was 16, who he called “the child,” to sexual attacks by him in his LA home in 2012. Additional women have claimed to have suffered sexual abuse in some shape or form.
On Friday evening, before the allegations were made public, Brand took to social media to tell his millions of followers that he strongly rejected all of them and that all of his relationships had been consensual. He also added that the mainstream media was waging a ‘coordinated attack’ on him because of his influential position from where he’s able to challenge government and establishment ideologies.