UK: Police receive sex assault allegation following Russell Brand reports

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Police in the UK say they had received an allegation of a sexual assault dating back 20 years after media outlets reported claims by several women about Russell Brand, as promoters postponed the remaining dates in a string of live gigs by the comedian, who denies the allegations. A talent agency and a publisher also parted company with Brand over the claims, which have left the UK entertainment industry facing questions about whether the comedian’s behaviour went unchallenged because of his fame. Brand, 48, said on Saturday he had never had nonconsensual sex when The Sunday Times newspaper and Channel 4 TV’s documentary show Dispatches reported that four women had accused him of sexual assaults, including a rape, between 2006 and 2013. Police said since those allegations were published and broadcast they had received a report of an assault alleged to have taken place in Soho, central London, in 2003.” (09/18/23)