Russell Brand’s father has accused the BBC of driving a “vendetta” against his son as he questioned why “unproven accusations” were leading its news bulletins.
Ron Brand appeared to attack the prominence given by BBC News to allegations that his son sexually assaulted four women in Britain and the United States between 2006 and 2013 – a period covering the height of his fame.
The claims, which were first reported on Saturday by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 following a joint investigation, have been vehemently denied by Brand.
Downing Street described the allegations as “very serious” and “deeply concerning” as it urged the BBC and Channel 4 to be transparent with the outcomes of internal investigations into the comedian’s conduct.
But in a series of Facebook posts, Brand’s father Ron, 80, questioned whether the accusations against his son were “seriously the most important thing happening in the world”.
In one post, Mr Brand wrote: “With many struggling to pay bills, the unproven accusations of 15 years ago take lead on BBC News?”
In another, he said: “Is this seriously the most important thing happening in the world?
“Immigrants? Cost of living? Tens of thousands killed in Ukraine? Who is prioritising at BBC News? Who is really driving this vendetta?”
The Telegraph has approached Ron Brand for further comment.
Sexual encounters revealed in book
The attacks on BBC News by Brand’s father come after the comedian and broadcaster claimed that he is the target of a “co-ordinated attack” by the media.
In a YouTube video published before allegations were published by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches, Brand said: “I’ve received two extremely disturbing letters, or a letter and an email, one from a mainstream media TV company, one from a newspaper, listing a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks as well as some pretty stupid stuff like my community festival should be stopped, that I shouldn’t be able to attack mainstream media narratives on this channel.
“But amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks, are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute.
“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.”
Writing in his 2007 autobiography, My Booky Wook, Brand revealed that he experienced his first sexual encounters when he was a teenager while he was a holiday with his father.
Brand said that his father flew him to Hong Kong where they both slept with prostitutes . He has also talked about watching pornographic videos at his father’s house while he was in primary school.
The BBC said that it was urgently investigating claims that complaints made against Brand during his time at the broadcaster were ignored.
The corporation has been urged to “come clean” about what it knew of alleged wrongdoing by the comedian, with executives set to be hauled in front of MPs to answer questions.