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Russell Brand accused of rape — RT Games & Culture

The British actor and comedian claimed the allegations against him were part of a wider “agenda at play”.

British actor and comedian Russell Brand said he “absolutely refutes” allegations made by four women, including one aged 16, after being accused of rape, sexual assault and psychological violence, in an article published on Saturday by The Times.

The allegations, which the newspaper said were compiled following an investigation by The Times, Sunday Times and Channel 4 television, detail a series of complaints made against the 48-year-old linked to incidents that allegedly occurred between 2006 and 2013.

A woman claims she was raped by Brand at his Los Angeles home on an unspecified date. She was treated at a rape crisis center, the Times said, citing her medical records. A text message exchange seen by the newspaper shows the woman telling Brand: “When a girl says NO, it means no.” Brand texted in response that he was “Really sorry.”

Among other allegations, a woman claims she was involved in an abusive relationship with Brand when he was 31 and she was 16, during which he repeatedly called her “the child”. On one occasion, the woman said that Brand had already “forced his penis down her throat” and that he only stopped when she punched him in the stomach.

On Friday, before the allegations were made public, Brand posted a video to YouTube and his various social media accounts denying what he called a “litany of extremely blatant and aggressive attacks” against him, which, according to him, was done against him by a “mainstream media television company” and a newspaper.

“The relationships I have had have always been consensual” Brand said, discussing a period in his life in which he said he was “very, very promiscuous” and that he has always been transparent about his past. “Seeing this transparency metastasized into something criminal, which I absolutely deny, makes me wonder: is there another agenda at play?

The Times also wrote that they gave Brand and his legal team eight days to respond to the allegations. Lawyers representing Brand wrote that their client believed the allegations reflected “a deeply concerning agenda in all of this, namely that it is an alternative media broadcaster competing with the mainstream media. »

In response to Brand’s video on X (formerly Twitter), Elon Musk wrote: “Of course. They don’t like competition.

Elsewhere in the music video, Brand noted what he called “coordinated media attacks” against outspoken online personalities such as Joe Rogan “when he dared to take a drug that the mainstream media did not approve of.” Rogan said in 2021 that he was taking the dewormer ivermectin to treat Covid-19.

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