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Comedian Russell Brand has been accused of sexual assault, harassment and emotional abuse in a combined Channel 4 and Times investigation.
Five women, four of whom remained anonymous, were interviewed in the Dispatches documentary that aired last night, September 16th.
The documentary and Times articles details Brand’s alleged abuse between 2006 and 2013.
According to the investigation, one of the alleged victims was 16 when she entered a relationship with Brand, who was 31 at the time.
She told The Times Brand repeatedly referred to her as “the child” during their three-month relationship and removed his condom during sex without her knowledge.
Known as Alice in the documentary, she said Brand regularly sent cars to her school to collect her from lessons early, and his management told Brand to keep the relationship “private”.
Another woman said Brand raped her in his LA home in 2012, after which he sent a text to her saying, "I'm sorry. That was crazy and selfish. I hope you can forgive me, I know that you're a lovely person. X."
Another woman known as Phoebe said she had a brief relationship with Brand, who hired her for a project.
During this time, Phoebe said she became "trapped" in a bedroom in Brand's home and he started chasing her around the room and tried to forcibly remove her clothes.
Brand’s ex-girlfriend Jordan Martin also confirmed the allegations of sexual assault she made in a self-published book regarding her relationship with Brand.
The Times and The Sunday Times said they contacted Brand’s representatives with details of the allegations, who called them a “pre-conceived strategy aimed at damaging their client”.
In a video posted yesterday morning, Brand denied “very serious criminal allegations” that would be made against him soon.
Without naming the TV company or newspapers, Brand said the documentary and articles were a “serious and concerted agenda to control” his voice and platform online.