British actor and comedian Russell Brand has been accused by four women of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse, according to an investigation carried out by The Times, The Sunday Times and the Channel 4 television channel.
The four victims claimed to have been raped by the actor between 2006 and 2013, at which time Brand was experiencing his greatest moment of fame in the United Kingdom and was beginning to become one of the regular faces of shows and movies in Hollywood. Precisely, as a result of his growing success, other women claimed to have suffered from his "controlling, abusive and predatory" character as a result.
The actor has already reacted to all these accusations. He has done it through his social media accounts, before the terrible testimonies came to light. In the images, Brand denies having committed the "serious accusations" that the media participating in the investigation attribute to him, without specifying which accusations they were referring to.
"Amid this litany of astonishing and quite baroque attacks there are some very serious accusations that I absolutely refute," he said.
"These accusations relate to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the papers all the time, when I was in the movies and, as I've written at length in my books, I was very, very promiscuous. Now "During that time of promiscuity the relationships I had were absolutely, always consensual. I was always transparent about it then, almost too transparent, and I'm being transparent about it now too."
However, the previews released by the media suggest that what was experienced was chilling to say the least. "He grabbed me by my underwear, pulling it to the side. I told him to leave me and he didn't, until he pushed me against the wall," says one of the victims.
His youngest victim, then 16 years old - now she is 31 - told of her terrifying experience with the actor, who raped her during the three months that their relationship lasted. "I was sitting on the bed against the headboard and he shoved his penis down my throat without letting me breathe. I was choking and couldn't breathe, and I was pushing him and he wasn't backing away at all," she said, "I was crying and he was crying. "He said, 'I just want your mascara to run.'"
The London Police (Met) has already launched an investigation into these alleged sexual assaults and abuses by the actor, whose behavior will also be investigated by the BBC, where Brand worked between 2006 and 2008. Met sources explained that the police force will investigate the accusations collected in the investigation prepared by the aforementioned media, and they invited anyone with information to come to them.
At the moment, Tavistock Wood, the literary agency that represented the comedian, has already announced that it has terminated its contract with him. The production company Banijay, responsible for the latest television programs in which the comedian has participated, has also announced that he "will cooperate with any request for information" that is requested of him.
Despite what happened and the serious accusations that have been leveled against him, Brand was applauded in his first public appearance. It happened on Saturday night, while performing in his show at the Troubadour theater Wembley Park, in northwest London.
According to the BBC, after asking the public not to record, Brand, who in recent years has become a spreader of conspiracy theories and a wellness influencer through social networks, where he enjoys a large following, thanked his support and referred to the accusations, without going into them.