BBC is 'urgently looking' into issues raised by Brand
Britain's BBC said on Sunday
it was "urgently looking into the issues" raised by allegations
of sexual assault made against the broadcaster's former
employee, British comedian and actor Russell Brand, who denies
Brand, 48, the former husband of U.S. singer Katy Perry,
worked on BBC radio programmes between 2006 and 2008.
He issued a denial on Saturday to unspecified "very serious
criminal allegations" hours before the accusations of sexual
assaults, including rape, were published online by the Sunday
Times newspaper and later aired on Channel 4 television.
The Times and documentary show Dispatches reported that the
alleged incidents had taken place between 2006 and 2013 and said
one woman had made an allegation of rape, while another said
Brand assaulted her when she was 16 and still at school.
Two of the accusers reported that the incidents occurred in
Los Angeles, the paper said.
A BBC spokesperson said in a statement: "The documentary and
associated reports contained serious allegations, spanning a
number of years. Russell Brand worked on BBC radio programmes
between 2006 and 2008 and we are urgently looking into the
Banijay UK, the production company behind a television show
once hosted by Brand, said it had launched "an urgent internal
"In light of the very serious allegations raised by
Dispatches and The Times/Sunday Times investigation relating to
the alleged serious misconduct of Russell Brand while presenting
shows produced by Endemol in 2004 and 2005, Banijay UK has
launched an urgent internal investigation," it said.
Women's charity Trevi, which helps women affected by
violence and abuse, said it had ended its association with
Brand, and Tavistock Wood, a talent agency, said in a statement
it "has terminated all professional ties to Brand".
"Russell Brand categorically and vehemently denied the
allegation made in 2020, but we now believe we were horribly
misled by him," it said.
London's Metropolitan Police said it had not received any
reports in relation to the allegations.
"If anyone believes they have been the victim of a sexual
assault, no matter how long ago it happened, we would encourage
them to contact the police," the police said in a statement.