Two more Russell Brand complainants come forward to BBC | Ents & Arts News



Two more people have come forward to the BBC with allegations against Russell Brand, the company has said.

The two complaints were made in the two-month period since the BBC launched a review into the comedian’s demeanor.

BBC News reports that the three other complaints were made before he was publicly accused of rape and sexual assault in September.

An updated BBC review of Brand’s conduct, published on Tuesday, says the complaints include “allegations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace, including urinating on bottles in a BBC studio; alleged inappropriate use of BBC cars and further allegations of behavior in and around the studio falls below the standards expected of someone engaged by the BBC”.

It brings the total number of complaints directly to the company against Feel to five.

The report update added that the investigation is “by no means complete” but “it appears that no disciplinary action was taken against Russell Brand during his involvement with the BBC in 2006-8 prior to his departure from the BBC”.

The five complaints include two people who raised complaints and concerns between 2006 and 2008, when Brand was employed by the company, and again after he left the BBC.

The complaints also include an allegation of misconduct in LA in 2008.

Brand’s use of BBC cars was called into question after The Times reported a woman’s claims that the Get Him To The Greek actor used the broadcaster’s car service to pick her up from school when she was 16 so she could visit his home.

The update said: “Due to the passage of time, the BBC’s car booking records are no longer available.

“This means that we have not been able to identify the precise details of this or any records or details of specific journeys or bookings made for Russell Brand.

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“We have spoken to a number of people who either had knowledge of BBC car events at the time or who drove vehicles for the BBC at or around that time.

“No one we have spoken to so far remembers driving the Russell Brand at the time. Our inquiries are continuing.”

The BBC had previously said it was investigating allegations made by a woman who claims Brand exposed himself to her and then laughed it off afterwards on his Radio 2 show.

The BBC review came after four women made allegations of sexual abuse against the star between 2006 and 2013 as part of an investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches. The program Dispatches was broadcast on 16 September.

Two police forces as well as Kanal 4, where Brand worked as a presenter, are also investigating Brand.

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Thames Valley Police previously told Sky News that a woman contacted the force in September with “new information” and that it was investigating her allegations of “harassment and stalking”.

The force said the allegations date back to 2018.

Thames Valley Police is the force responsible for Henley-On-Thames in Oxfordshire, where Feel life. He also owns a pub in the area.

The Metropolitan Police also previously confirmed it had received a “the number of accusations of sexual crimes“, all non-recent and said to have taken place both in London and elsewhere in the country.

The Times too said it had been contacted by “several women” with further allegations about Brand following the publication of their article, but said their claims have not yet been investigated and “will now be carefully checked”.

Brand, 48, denies any allegations against him and said his relationships were “always consensual”.


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