Accused of several rapes and sexual assaults, British actor and host Russell Brand broke his silence on Friday evening by posting a video on Youtube and X (new name of Twitter). In this intervention, he describes “the week as extraordinary and trying”, without making any allusion to the facts with which he is accused. And suggests that the media relentlessness against him was part of a conspiracy.
“Obviously it’s been an extraordinary and difficult week, and I thank you so much for your support and for questioning the information presented to you,” he said in a video posted on his YouTube channel, which has 6 .64 million subscribers. “I need your support more than ever, more than I ever imagined,” he added, without commenting on the joint investigation by the Times, the Sunday Times and the Channel television network. 4 published last week.
In this investigation, four women accused him of rape, sexual assault and psychological violence. On Thursday, a woman accused him of exhibitionism in 2008.
The provocative comedian who turned anti-establishment guru has criticized the British government for asking tech giants to take action against him. “The law in which this censorship is included allows for vast state surveillance,” he laments. The star of the comedy Without Sarh, nothing is right! railed against “deep state-corporate collusion” and “media corruption and censorship,” indicating he will release a longer video on Monday.
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Russell Brand has been particularly offensive against the Trusted News Initiative, a partnership of international news organizations aimed at combating disinformation. “Trust is the last thing you should offer,” the comedian asserted, saying the group’s goal was to “target, control, stifle and shut down independent media organizations.”
The 48-year-old artist forcefully rejected accusations from at least five women. He claims his relationships were always “consensual,” even during a period when he admitted to being “very, very wanton.”
The Prime Minister's official spokesperson Rishi Sunak called the allegations "very serious and concerning", adding that the leader "has made clear that there should never be room for harassment, anywhere where it occurs.
Several companies and charities have cut ties with the presenter. His publisher Bluebird announced that “all future publications” with the comedian had been suspended, and video-sharing platform YouTube also demonetized his content. Russell Brand also asked his fans to follow him on an alternative video platform, Rumble.