Russell Brand in Plain Sight: Recap of fallout from Dispatches investigation as news unfolded

The fallout from Russell Brand: In Plain Sight, which outlined shocking allegations of rape and sexual abuse against the comedian, has seen the BBC, Channel 4 and Elon Musk all come under scrutiny

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Russell Brand allegations

Key Events

  • Fallout continues from investigation into Russell Brand which labelled him a rapist and an abuser
  • Brand denies all criminal allegations
  • BBC and Channel 4 are under pressure to reveal what they knew about his alleged misdeeds
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Where does Russell Brand live?

He has moved round the world in recent years - here's where he lives now

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Presenters clash over Brand

There was a heated discussion over Beverley Turner's support for Brand. Picture: GB News

Andrew Pierce and Beverley Turner on GB News this morningAndrew Pierce and Beverley Turner on GB News this morning
Andrew Pierce and Beverley Turner on GB News this morning

Government intervention

Downing Street has described the sexual assault allegations against Russell Brand as “very serious and concerning”.

What the government said

Here's what the government has said:

These are very serious and concerning allegations.

The Met Police has asked anyone who believes they have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward to speak to officers.

As the Foreign Secretary said over the weekend, people should feel able to raise concerns where they have them and know they will be treated seriously and treated with sensitivity.

The Prime Minister has been clear there should never be any space for harassment, regardless of where it is found.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman

'Alice' speaks further

'Alice', who was groomed into a relationship with Brand when she as 16, has appeared on Woman's Hour, and has raised some interesting points about Brand's newfound interest in conspiracy theories

The woman known as 'Alice', who says she was assaulted by Russell Brand at the age of 16, has spoken to BBC Woman's Hour. Image of an actor. Photo by Adobe Photos.The woman known as 'Alice', who says she was assaulted by Russell Brand at the age of 16, has spoken to BBC Woman's Hour. Image of an actor. Photo by Adobe Photos.
The woman known as 'Alice', who says she was assaulted by Russell Brand at the age of 16, has spoken to BBC Woman's Hour. Image of an actor. Photo by Adobe Photos.

How powerful is Brand?

Here's how many YouTube subscribers Brand currently boasts along with his estimated net worth

BREAKING: Met Police receive report of alleged sexual assault

The Metropolitan Police has received a report of an alleged sexual assault in Soho in 2003

TV bosses to face the spotlight today

The bosses of Channel 4 and the BBC are set to speak at a TV industry event amid rape and sexual assault allegations being made against Russell Brand.

Both broadcasters have launched investigations into the comedian and actor’s time at their channels, along with removing content featuring Brand from their platforms.

Brand, who used to present Channel 4’s Big Brother spin-off shows EFourum and Big Brother’s Big Mouth and work on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music programmes, has strongly denied the allegations.

Chief executive of Channel 4 Alex Mahon and BBC director-general Tim Davie are scheduled to talk at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Cambridge Convention 2023 on Wednesday in King’s College Cambridge.

Ms Mahon, who is also RTS convention chairwoman, is set to open the conference and chair a panel which looks at the content habits of the UK public along with a Q&A with Lucy Frazer after the Culture Secretary delivers a keynote address.

Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairwoman Dame Caroline Dinenage wrote to broadcasters on Tuesday, including Channel 4 and the BBC, to request further details on what actions they are taking in response to the allegations.

Dame Caroline asked for the broadcasters to set out the time for completion of the investigation and urged them to “disclose” the information that can be made public.

Russell Brand's involvement in notorious stunts stretches back more than 20 years, including this particularly tasteless example from the day after the September 11 atrocity

Russell Brand has been causing controversy for more than 20 years - including dressing as Osama Bin Laden the day after the 9/11 terror attacks. Photo by Getty Images.Russell Brand has been causing controversy for more than 20 years - including dressing as Osama Bin Laden the day after the 9/11 terror attacks. Photo by Getty Images.
Russell Brand has been causing controversy for more than 20 years - including dressing as Osama Bin Laden the day after the 9/11 terror attacks. Photo by Getty Images.

Channel 4 boss says claims are 'disgusting and saddening'

Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon has addressed the allegations levelled at Russell Brand saying she found the claims “disgusting and saddening”.

As she welcomed the attendees to the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Convention, she said: “The allegations made against Russell Brand are horrendous and as a CEO of Channel 4 and as a woman in our industry, I found the behaviours described in Dispatches and The Sunday Times and The Times articles disgusting and saddening.

“The allegations of course need to be followed up further and we and the BBC and Banijay are busy investigating.”

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