Police receive number of 'allegations of sexual offences' after Brand doc

The Metropolitan Police said it has received “a number of allegations of sexual assault in London” following news reports about comedian Russell Brand.

Scotland Yard has received ‘a number’ of sexual offence allegations following a documentary on the comedian Russell Brand, as ITV News’ UK Editor Paul Brand reports

The Met Police said it has received “a number of allegations of sexual offences” in the wake of reports produced by Channel 4’s Dispatches and The Sunday Times about Russell Brand.

The comedian and actor has strongly denied accusations made by four women in the joint investigation.

On Monday, the force said it has since received a “number of allegations of sexual offences in London” as well as elsewhere in the country.

In a short statement, police said all allegations were non-recent and there have been no arrests made.

Also on Monday, Brand returned to Rumble, where he discussed “an apparent concerted effort by legacy media… to silence independent media voices”.

Detective superintendent Andy Furphy, from the Met’s Central Specialist Crime Command, said: “We continue to encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a sexual offence, no matter how long ago it was, to contact us.

“We understand it can feel like a difficult step to take and I want to reassure that we have a team of specialist officers available to advise and support.”

The force said it will be offering specialist support to all of the women who have made allegations.

On Saturday, Brand thanked his supporters for “questioning” the allegations of rape and sexual assault made against him.

In the three-minute clip, posted on YouTube, Rumble and X, he said the week since the claims were published had been “extraordinary and distressing”.

On the Dispatches documentary, Brand was accused of rape, assault and emotional abuse between 2006 and 2013, when he was at the height of his fame working for the BBC, Channel 4 and starring in Hollywood films.

The Met previously said it had received an allegation of sexual assault in Soho, central London, in 2003, which emerged as the remaining live shows for his Bipolarisation tour were postponed.

Speaking on Rumble, Brand said he would talk about a ‘concerted effort by legacy media to silence independent media voices.’ / Credit: PA via Rumble

During his regular Rumble show on Monday, Brand said he would talk about the “collusion between big tech and Government and an apparent concerted effort by legacy media … to silence independent media voices”.

He added: “Obviously, it’s difficult for me to be entirely objective given the events of the last week, but that’s what we must try to do.”

Brand said he would return to his regular show on Rumble – an online video platform which refused to follow YouTube in blocking the comedian from earning advertising revenue on its site.

He described the streaming site as having made a “clear commitment to free speech”.

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