Stony-faced Russell Brand pictured for first time since allegations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse

Russell Brand

Russell Brand is pictured for the first time since allegations of rape

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 16/09/2023

- 20:06

Updated: 17/09/2023

- 13:31

He also faces allegations of controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour

Russell Brand has been pictured for the first time since allegations from four women of sexual assault.

He also faces allegations of controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour, following a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.

Brand denies the allegations and in a video posted on Friday, stated all his relationships have been consensual, suggesting he is the subject of a “co-ordinated attack”.

Wearing an open neck black shirt, Brand was spotted in Wembley, London as he arrived to perform his show Bipolarisation.


The comedian arrived at the gig an hour later than anticipated after “getting stuck in traffic”.

He was reportedly met with a rapturous reception as he brushed aside the allegations.

Brand told the crowd: “I love you. Thank you. There’s some things I cannot talk about and hopefully you appreciate that I’m going to give you everything I’ve got.”

The show comes after four women alleged sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013, when Brand was at the peak of his showbiz powers, working for BBC Radio 2, Channel 4 and picking up roles in Hollywood films.

In a clip posted to his social media channels on Friday, Brand said all of his relationships have been consensual, admitting to being a “promiscuous” presence while at the height of his fame.

The 48-year-old sad he was facing a “litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks”.

Russell BrandRussell Brand denies the allegationsYouTube/Russell Brand

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

“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 have written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous.”

He continued: “Now during that time of promiscuity the relationships I had were absolutely, always consensual. I was always transparent about that then, almost too transparent, and I am being transparent about it now as well.

“To see that transparency metastasised into something criminal, that I absolutely deny, makes me question is there another agenda at play.”

Russell Brand arrives at Troubabour in Wembley Park theatre

Russell Brand arrives at Troubabour in Wembley Park theatre


The allegations include one woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Brand when she was 16 and still at school.

She said the instance took place during a three-month relationship, where he would allegedly provide her with scripts on how to trick her parents into allowing her to visit him,

Another woman claims that Brand raped her at his Los Angeles home, while a third alleges that she was sexually assaulted by Brand while she worked with him in Los Angeles.

A fourth woman claims that along with being physically and emotionally abusive towards her, Brand also sexually assaulted her.

Russell Brand

Russell Brand enjoyed the height of his fame between 2006-2013


In a statement, Channel 4 said: “Channel 4 is appalled to learn of these deeply troubling allegations, including behaviour alleged to have taken place on programmes made for Channel 4 between 2004 and 2007.

“We are determined to understand the full nature of what went on. We have carried out extensive document searches and have found no evidence to suggest the alleged incidents were brought to the attention of Channel 4. We will continue to review this in light of any further information we receive, including the accounts of those affected individuals.

“We will be asking the production company who produced the programmes for Channel 4 to investigate these allegations and report their findings properly and satisfactorily to us.

“In the many years since the alleged incidents took place, there has obviously been extensive change in Channel 4’s management and commissioning teams. Today, Channel 4 has a zero-tolerance approach to unacceptable behaviour and has a robust Code of Conduct.

“We require all suppliers to have in place rigorous safeguarding policies and provide whistleblowing support, including Channel 4’s Speak Up facility.

“We are committed to ensuring our industry has safe, inclusive and professional working environments.”

The comedian has previously spoken on his past sexual behaviour, admitting to having many regrets.

His new live comedy show, of which he is performing tonight, still has another three dates left in September.

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