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Russell Brand Sexual Assault Allegations

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Russell Brand Sexual Assault Allegations refers to discussions about Russel Brand following an investigation published on September 16th, 2023, by British newspapers the Sunday Times, the Times and Channel 4's Dispatches in which four women leveled accusations of sexual assault against British comedian Russell Brand. Brand was defended by various conservative public figures, including Anna Khachiyan of Red Scare, the Tate brothers, Tucker Carlson, Elon Musk and Ian Miles Cheong, among may of his fans who attempted to label the accusations as a conspiracy against Brand. The police investigation into Brand's history began soon after the article was published.


Russell Brand was accused of leaning into COVID-19 denialism and conspiracy theories[3] following the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. After facing YouTube censorship, Brand moved his show Stay Free with Russell Brand to Rumble, a platform known for hosting conservative creators and many others who had problems on YouTube.

On September 16th, 2023, Russell Brand took to his YouTube[1] and various social media to release a statement denying what he called "very serious criminal allegations." Brand did not specify the allegations, but insisted that his relationships have always been consensual. The YouTube video is titled, "So, This Is Happening," and gathered over 1.2 million views in two days (seen below).

Later that day on September 16th, the British Times[2] published an investigation (seen below) led by journalists from the Sunday Times, the Times and Channel 4's Dispatches. The article delved into Brand's history with women, focusing on four women who alleged that Brand had sexually assaulted them, with one accuser reportedly being 16 at the time of her relationship with Brand.

EXCLUSIVE Russell Brand accused of r---, sexual assaults and abuse • NEW Four women, including one who was just 16, make allegations after an investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches


Some users noted Brand's editing choices in his preemptive video addressing the allegations. In particular, Brand's video contained a cut in the sentence in which he asserts that "during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always [cut] consensual." This was noted in a video uploaded by X[16] user @Liv_Agar on September 16th, 2023, gathering over 35,000 likes in two days (seen below).

People also began sharing excerpts from the Times article soon after it was released, with X[4] user @wariotifo posting a section on September 16th that shows a taxi driver hesitating to drop a 16-year-old at Brand's house, given what he knew about Brand's rumored history with women. The post gathered over 19,000 likes in two days (seen below, left).

X[5] account @theserfstv posted sections from the article on September 16th as well, gathering over 19,000 likes in two days (seen below, right).

wariotifo @wariotifo this gives an idea how many victims there might be. taxi drivers recognised Brand's address having been to and from there so often and would try to warn women about him 'He sent a car to my school to take me out of lessons' As her taxi approached Russell Brand's home, Alice remembers the driver begging her not to go inside. Recognising the destination, he had started to ask questions. Alice admitted she was 16 and still in school. She says the driver replied that his daughter was the same age and entreated Alice: "Please, I'm asking you not to go in there, you could be my little girl, and I would want someone to do this for her.” He offered to take her home without charge, but Alice insisted she was fine. "He had just such a sad look in his eyes," she recalls. 8:50 PM. Sep 16, 2023 818.8K Views . 9:39 The Serfs @theserfstv The Russell Brand r--- accusations are really bad. They include grooming and r----- a 16 year old and tons of corroborated testimony (including women who went to r--- crisis centers). There's hundreds of sources cited and again was apparently an industry secret everyone knew investigation by the Sunday Times, the Times and Channel 4 Dispatches. One woman alleges that Brand r---- her against a wall in his Los Angeles home. She was treated at a r--- crisis centre on the same day, according to medical records. Text messages show that in the hours after leaving his house, she told Brand that she had been scared by him and felt taken advantage of, adding: "When a girl say[s] NO it means no." Brand replied saying he was "very sorry". A second woman alleges that Brand assaulted her when he was 31 and she was 16 and still at school. She said he referred to her as "the child" during an emotionally abusive and controlling relationship that lasted for about three months, and that Brand once "forced his penis down her throat", making her choke. She says she tried to push him off and said she had to 9:29 PM . Sep 16, 2023 1.6M Views . her. All said they felt ready to speak only after being approached by reporters. Several said they felt compelled to do so given Brand's newfound prominence as an online wellness influencer, with millions of followers on YouTube and other sites. The others have accused him of physical and emotional abuse, sexual harassment and bullying. Most of the women, who do not know each other, have chosen to remain anonymous. Over the past few years, reporters have interviewed hundreds of sources who knew or worked with Brand: ex-girlfriends and their friends and family, comedians and other celebrities, people who worked with him on radio and TV, and senior staff at the BBC, Channel 4 and other media organisations.

Online Reactions

In Support Of Brand

Internet personalities that showed support for Russell Brand during the accusations in midSeptember 2023 include Tucker Carlson, Elon Musk, Ian Miles Cheong, Anna Khachiyan and Andrew and Tristan Tate, among others.

On September 16th, 2023, Musk[6] posted a reply to Brand's video saying, "Of course. They don’t like competition," while Carlson[7] reported the video with the caption, "Criticize the drug companies, question the war in Ukraine, and you can be pretty sure this is going to happen."

X Russell Brand @rustyrockets. Sep 16 This is happening 2:39 18.1K ALL AGES er feachings Elon Musk @elonmusk 38.4K Of course. They don't like competition. 4:23 AM - Sep 16, 2023 1.6M Views 176.4K ₁64.6M Subscribe Tucker Carlson @TuckerCarlson Criticize the drug companies, question the war in Ukraine, and you can be pretty sure this is going to happen. Russell Brand @rustyrockets. Sep 16 This is happening 2:38 ALL AGES 7:18 PM . Sep 16, 2023 9.4M Views for

Red Scare Podcast co-host Anna Khachiyan made a post[8] supporting Brand on September 16th, with X[9] user @tenderlilguy posting a screenshot of a post from June in which Kachiyan expressed interest in Brand (seen below, left). Andrew Tate[10] made a post supporting Brand as well, saying "Welcome to the club," and gathering 4,000 likes in two days (seen below, right).

allez vous girl @tenderlilguy. Sep 17, 2023 This is f------ hilarious LMAOO Esqui TOWNH 131 59 12 Anna Khachiyan @annakhachiyan 6:35 p.m. 30 Jun 23. 41.2K Views G SIGNA 109 ili 65.4K Replying to @basic_chanel I love him, brilliant and humane, eminently literate as only British people can be, don't care if his aesthetic is cringe, have a strong feeling we are meant to cross paths, as I had with certain others that it ended up happening with 238 Follow Anna Khachiyan @annakhachiyan . Sep 16 Lol Imao I stand with Brand obviously 6,898 ₁919.2K ↑. Andrew Tate @Cobratate Welcome to the club @rustyrockets On my way to fight the crazy bitch allegations @meme.mother 2:15 PM - Sep 16, 2023 364.1K Views :

Criticizing Brand

Some internet users theorized that Brand's rightward political shift was a calculated move to shore up support ahead of the allegations coming out. For example, on September 16th and 17th, 2023, X users @wagatwe[13] and @marionumber4[14] posted about a /r/LowStakesConspiracies[15] post theorizing the same, gathering over 35,000 and 20,000 likes, respectively, within 24 hours (seen below).

Wagatwe Wanjuki 4 508 ALT D 2:45 r/LowStakesConspiracies u/MoonageDaydream24.7mo Russell Brand is moving to the right so that when the ~accusations~ finally come out he can claim it's a witch hunt. Hot Take Russell Brand 7 @wagatwe Sep 16, 2023 @rustyrockets Sep 16 This is happening 13,302 183 Join 32.5K ₁1.9M Share : ↑ Trap Queen Enthusiast @marionumber4 Shoutout to this person on Reddit who accurately predicted Russell Brand's rightward shift and the current allegations against him r/LowStakesConspiracies u/MoonageDaydream24.7mo Join Russell Brand is moving to the right so that when the ~accusations~ finally come out he can claim it's a witch hunt. Hot Take +508 + 463012635 183 Share 3:08 AM - Sep 17, 2023 748.6K Views Apollo the gift of prophesy gettyimages 25 Hill Street Studios doj O

After the New York Post published an article about Musk, Tate and Carlson expressing support for Brand, various internet users began making jokes about the three being bad advocates for one's character. X[11] user @erallover called the three the "rapevengers" (seen below, left) while X[12] user @highprogressive posted a meme criticizing the four personalities on September 17th, 2023, gathering over 50,000 likes in a day (seen below, right).

Eli @erallover No way they assembling the rapengers New York Post @nypost Sep 17 Elon Musk Andrew Tate, Tucker Carlson support Russell Brand after sex assault claims 3:43 AM . Sep 18, 2023 124.5K Views . www/ Blaze med : ... EVERY SQUAD GOT THE SERIAL R----- SEX TRAFFICKER WHITE SUPREMACIST APARTHEID BILLIONAIRE H-------- I think i accidentally joined THE MODERN CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT

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