Russell Brand admits ‘distressing week’ and floats media conspiracy over sex assault allegations

Comedian has strongly denied the allegations made against him

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Saturday 23 September 2023 16:42 BST

Russell Brand floats media conspiracy over sex assault allegations in new video

Russell Brand thanked his supporters in a new video for helping him through an “extraordinary and distressing week” as he floated a new media conspiracy about the rape and sexual assault allegations made against him.

The embattled TV personality took to Twitter to talk directly to his fans about the sexual misconduct allegations detailed by four women last weekend. The BBC has launched an investigation into claims he exposed himself to a woman in their Los Angeles office building.

Brand has already vehemently denied the allegations and said that all of the interactions were consensual.

“Obviously it has been an extraordinary and distressing week and I thank you very much for your support and for questioning the information that you have been presented with,” said Brand in the three-minute video.

He used the video to attack the UK government and social media platforms which have shut down his ability to make money from his accounts.

“By now you are probably aware that the British government have asked big tech platforms to censor our online content and that some online platforms have complied with that request,” he said.

Brand then told his supporters that it had been done in the “context of the Online Safety Bill” in the UK, which he said “grants sweeping surveillance and censorship powers” in the country.

The comedian and former BBC presenter then warned his followers about the “Trusted News Initiative”, which is a partnership of international news organisations that aims to tackle disinformation.

“Trust is the last thing you should be offering,” claimed Brand as he said the group’s aim was “to target, control, choke and shut down independent media organisations, like this one”.

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Russell Brand sayas he has been through an ‘extraordinary and distressing week’

“It is clear that these organisations collaborate in constructing narratives, whether that is around the war or the pandemic, and of course there are other examples. And it is very clear to me that we need to be very, very cautious indeed.”

Brand then urged his followers to follow him on Canada-based Rumble, the only social media platform where he is still able to monetise his videos.

“I need your support now more than ever and more than I ever imagined I would,” he said.

YouTube announced on Tuesday it had blocked Brand from making money from his channel on the site, which has 6.6 million subscribers.

Caroline Dinenage, chair of the UK parliament’s culture, media and sport committee, wrote to Rumble’s chief executive Chris Pavlovski asking if Brand was able to monetise his content on the site.

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