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Russell Brand allegations timeline: What has he been accused of?

Yahoo News UK explores the timeline of the allegations against Russell Brand after he was accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse.

Russell Brand leaves the Troubadour Wembley Park theatre in north-west London after performing a comedy set. He faces claims about his sexual behaviour at the height of his fame. He has vehemently denied the allegations. Picture date: Saturday September 16, 2023. (Photo by James Manning/PA Images via Getty Images)
Russell Brand leaves the Troubadour Wembley Park theatre in north-west London after performing a comedy on the day Dispatches aired. (PA)

A second police force is investigating Russell Brand in relation to allegations of "harassment and stalking" after a woman contacted them with "new information" on reports dating back to 2018.

Thames Valley Police on Monday confirmed it has launched an investigation, but would not comment to Yahoo News UK on reports of complaints about Brand in 2018 and 2022 that were not pursued. It is understood that Brand had reported the woman to police and accused her of stalking in 2017.

Last month, the Metropolitan Police confirmed they had received a “number of allegations of sexual offences" in London and elsewhere in the UK against Brand.

He is facing sexual assault allegations after four women accused him of controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour between 2006 and 2013, following a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.

The 48-year-old comedian and actor has denied the claims, saying all of his relationships have been "consensual".

Yahoo News UK examines the timeline of the allegations made against Russell Brand:

Friday, 15 September

Russell Brand posts a video on social media before details of the allegations are published, in which he speaks to camera and denies the claims.

"Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute," he says.

"These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time when I was in the movies, and as I've written about extensively in my books I was very, very promiscuous.

"Now during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely, always consensual."

Russell Brand denied the allegations in a video posted on his social media channels. (Russell Brand)
Russell Brand denied the allegations in a video posted on his social media channels. (Russell Brand)

Saturday, 16 September

The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches publish their investigation, detailing the allegations made against Brand by four women.

One alleges that Brand raped her against a wall in his home in Los Angeles; a second says he assaulted her in the UK when she was 16 and still at school; a third says Brand sexually assaulted her while she worked with him in Los Angeles, and a fourth woman alleges Brand sexually assaulted her.

As Dispatches airs, Brand performs a comedy gig to thousands of people at the Troubadour Wembley Park theatre in north-west London as part of his Bipolarisation tour.

Russell Brand leaves the Troubabour Wembley Park theatre in north-west London after performing a comedy set. He faces claims about his sexual behaviour at the height of his fame. He has vehemently denied the allegations. Picture date: Saturday September 16, 2023. (Photo by James Manning/PA Images via Getty Images)
Russell Brand leaves the Troubabour Wembley Park theatre in north-west London after performing a comedy show. (PA)

Sunday, 17 September

The BBC, Channel 4 and a production company that worked with Brand announced they are investigating the allegations alleged to have happened while the comedian worked with them.

The Met Police also say they will speak to The Sunday Times and Channel 4 to ensure “any victims of crime who they have spoken with are aware of how they may report any criminal allegations to police”.

Despicable Me UK Premiere, Empire Leicester Square, London, UK
Russell Brand has denied the allegations made against him. (PA)

Monday, 18 September

Several more women are said to have contacted The Times and The Sunday Times in the wake of their joint investigation with Channel 4 Dispatches.

Brand’s publisher, Bluebird, also announces it is "pausing" all of his future book projects after the allegations against him.

Russell Brand hosts the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards held at Paramount Pictures Studio Lot on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Russell Brand hosting the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

The Metropolitan Police reveals that it has received a report of sexual assault alleged to have happened in 2003.

The promoters of Brand's stand-up show postpone the remainder of his tour in the wake of the allegations.

Tuesday, 19 September

YouTube stops Brand from making money on its platform because of the rape and sexual assault allegations against him.

The Google-owned company says it has suspended the monetisation of Brand's channel - which has 6.6 million subscribers - because he was "violating" its "creator responsibility policy".

UK. 19th Spetember, 2023. YouTube suspends monetisation of Russell Brand's channel for 'violating policy'. Advertising has been stopped on his Youtube Channel, which has 6.60 million subscribers. Credit: Peter Lopeman/Alamy Live News
YouTube has suspended monetisation of Russell Brand's channel for 'violating policy'. (Alamy/YouTube)

The BBC removes some programmes featuring Brand from its iPlayer and Sounds apps and the corporation announces a review of his time there.

Wednesday, 20 September

Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon says the Brand allegations show that “terrible behaviour” towards women has been "historically tolerated" in the industry.

She added that her channel had invited anyone that knew about such behaviour to come to them directly.

Paramount+ has removed Russell Brand content from its streaming services. (AP)
Paramount+ has removed Russell Brand content from its streaming services. (AP)

Paramount+ followed the BBC and Channel 4 in taking down Brand’s content from its channels and catch-up services.

Culture, media and sport committee chairwoman Dame Caroline Dinenage writes to social media site X to ask if owner Elon Musk, who changed its name from Twitter, "has personally intervened in any decisions on Russell Brand’s status on the platform".

FILE - In this Thursday, March 26, 2015 file photo, Russell Brand speaks at the opening of The Trew Era Cafe, a social enterprise community project on the New Era estate in east London. Comedian turned political activist Russell Brand has changed his mind and is no longer urging people not to vote in Thursday's general election. Instead, Brand on Monday, May 4, 2015 used his YouTube channel to urge his more than 1 million subscribers to back the Labour Party's Ed Miliband. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
Russell Brand campaigned for a Labour victory in the 2015 general election. (PA)

Thursday, 21 September

The BBC reports that Brand exposed himself to a woman in a Los Angeles toilet in 2008 before laughing about it with his Radio 2 co-presenter, Matt Morgan, who said it had been "25 minutes since he [Brand] showed his willy to a lady".

It emerges police looking into the rape and sexual assault allegations made against Brand are receiving help from a team which was set up in 2014 after Jimmy Savile’s abuse came to light.

Comedian Russell Brand poses for photographers before signing copies of his new book entitled
Russell Brand has released a video thanking supporters. (Reuters)

Friday, 22 September

Russell Brand thanked his supporters for “questioning” the allegations of rape and sexual assault made against him but did not directly address the claims.

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

He said: “I thank you very much for your support and for questioning the information that you’ve been presented with.”

The video came as Cole Parker, who worked with Brand between 2000 and 2002, claimed that models were often warned by their agents about the comedian.

Russell Brand stands amongst the crowd listening to speeches at the TUC Rally
Companies have removed ads from the Rumble video platform where Brand hosts a weekly show. (PA)

Asos, Burger King, the Barbican and HelloFresh have removed ads from the Rumble video platform, where Brand hosts a weekly show.

Monday, 25 September

The Metropolitan Police says it has received multiple sex offence allegations, revealing it has received a “number of allegations of sexual offences in London” as well as elsewhere in the country.

All of the allegations are non-recent and there have been no arrests, police said. The following day, the Met confirms it is investigating the reports.

Monday, 2 October

Thames Valley Police confirms it is investigating after a woman contacted the force two weeks ago with "new information" in relation to reports of "harassment and stalking" originally filed in 2018.

A spokesman for the force said: "Thames Valley Police in the past two weeks, received new information in relation to harassment and stalking allegations dating back to 2018. This information is being investigated; as such it would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing investigation."