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Russell Brand Has Spoken For The First Time Since Being Accused Of Rape

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Russell Called Sexual Assault Claims 'Appalling'Jon Kopaloff - Getty Images

Russell Brand has spoken publicly for the first time since being accused of rape and sexual assault in September 2023.

The actor and comedian told Tucker Carlson, in an interview posted on the former Fox News host's YouTube channel on Wednesday, that it was 'hurtful' to be accused of 'what I consider to be the most appalling crimes'.

He added: 'This is very, very painful and very, very hurtful.'

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Russell Brand pictured in 2020.Lester Cohen - Getty Images

Brand was accused of rape and sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013, following a joint investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches, The Times and The Sunday Times. He has denied all accusations against him.

Following the investigation's release, the Metropolitan Police received a further report of an alleged sexual assault in 2003, in the wake of further allegations about the star.

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Russell Brand pictured with his ex-wife Katy Perry in 2011.Michael Buckner - Getty Images

Following the complaints levied against the Forgetting Sarah Marshall actor, YouTube suspended his channel from making money. The Google-owned platform said it was taking action ‘to protect’ its users, and that Brand’s channel had been suspended from making money because it was ‘violating’ its ‘creator responsibility policy.’

‘If a creator's off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action,’ a YouTube spokesperson said in September.

Brand has a YouTube following of 6.7 million, where he posts videos in which he shares his thoughts on alternative therapies and anti-establishment politics.

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