Months after he won substantial damages from The Sun for a false report that alleged he had been unfaithful to then-girlfriend Jemima Khan, Russell Brand has stated his intentions to launch further legal action against the tabloid for labelling him a ‘hypocrite’.
The Rupert Murdoch-owned publication splashed the comedian across its front page this morning, in an article that alleged he had been paying a substantial sum of rent for a luxury loft apartment in Hoxton to a company, who it claimed avoided tax by being based in the British Virgin Islands.
Brand, the article goes on to claim, has been "repeatedly" vocal about the importance of the government cracking down on tax-avoiding firms in the past.
It cites an extract from his new book Revolution, which reads: “If they don’t pay tax, we’ll reclaim their assets and give them to the people that work there.”
The Sun is yet to respond to request for comment.
The tabloid’s allegations come after Brand got into a heated row with Channel 4 News reporter Paraic O’Brien as he joined Hackney New Era protestors outside Downing Street on Monday.
The 400-strong group were demonstrating against the tripling of rent on a Hoxton estate due to a planned development currently threatening 93 families with eviction.
Brand intended to present a petition signed by 294,000 aiming to stop new construction work.
O’Brien suggested that part of the reason why housing prices were rising beyond the affordable level in London was that the super-rich were buying up all the property in central areas for extortionate amounts.
Russell Brand's Most Controversial Quips
Russell Brand's Most Controversial Quips
1/19 On puberty:
“By puberty I learned that nothing worth having could be easily attained and to succeed one must be single minded."
2/19 On changing the world:
“I want to change the world, and do something valuable and beautiful. I want people to remember me before I'm dead, and then more afterwards.”
3/19 On being strong:
"Strength does not have to be belligerent and loud."
4/19 On grammar:
“I couldn't possibly have sex with someone with such a slender grasp on grammar!”
5/19 On manners in England:
"In England we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved."
6/19 On junkie v vegetarian:
“Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] - 'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox.”
7/19 On the future:
“People don't realize that the future is just now, but later.”
8/19 On sex addiction:
“Boggle with sex addicts is up there with go-kart racing with junkies.”
9/19 On life:
“My life is just a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents.”
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10/19 On happiness:
"If you want to be happy stop being so self-obsessed and start considering other people."
11/19 On drug addiction:
“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”
12/19 On sitcoms:
"I do have a regard for the musicality of language that came from BBC sitcoms like Fawlty Towers."
13/19 On life motivation:
"That's what keeps me alive, perversion and star quality.”
14/19 On love:
“When you fall in love you recognise you're not the most important person in the world, and your focus becomes another person.”
15/19 On threesomes:
“I like threesomes with two women, not because I'm a cynical sexual predator. Oh no! But because I'm a romantic. I'm looking for "The One." And I'll find her more quickly if I audition two at a time.”
16/19 On Conservatives:
"Conservatism appeals to our selfishness and fear, our designer and self-interest."
17/19 On surfing:
“Surfing should be called "foam-choking" or "sea stabbing.”
18/19 On Demi Moore:
"I've not made love to her yet, but it's a matter of time."
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19/19 On success:
"When I was growing up, I thought I'd be a lot happier if I was famous and successful and if I had money."
He then asked Brand: “How much did you pay for your place?”
“It’s rented,” Brand retorted. “I’m not here to talk about my rent, mate.”
The conversation quickly became heated, until a protestor spoke to camera.
“At least Russell Brand is standing up regardless of how big his house is,” she said. “David Cameron isn’t prepared to come out of his big house and help us, but Russell Brand has.”
“Snides like you undermine it,” Brand concluded, pointing at the reporter. “You’re a snide.”
Brand later likened the debate to a “row at a jumble sale” in an episode of his satirical YouTube show, The Trews.
“I shouldn’t be allowed on television,” he said. “I’m so easily wound up. What does it matter to me, what have I got to lose, just from this one bloke?
“But I’m a volatile person.
“When you talk to a journalist I sort of think it’s a combination of boring and really annoying, and my personality type is not well suited to that kind of environment.”