Critique of Russell Brand’s Response
Russell Brand’s reaction to allegations of rape and sexual assault has come under sharp criticism from one of his accusers.
The 48-year-old comedian has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has shifted blame onto the “mainstream media,” referring to the allegations as a “litany of astonishing rather baroque attacks.”
Accuser “Alice” Responds
“Alice,” who had a relationship with Brand when she was just 16 years old, took to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Monday to express her views.
She came forward with her story in an effort to protect other women.
Dismissal of “Mainstream Media” Claim
“Alice” found Brand’s implication of a mainstream media conspiracy laughable and insulting.
She emphasized that he is not outside the realm of mainstream media.
YouTube Channel and Conspiracy Theories
According to “Alice,” Brand used his YouTube channel as a platform to discuss conspiracy theories, framing the allegations in those terms.
She believes he was cultivating an audience over the years that would inherently distrust any publication reporting on the accusations.
Brand’s Unacknowledged Relationship
“Alice” pointed out that Brand did not deny having a relationship with her when she was 16 years old.
Details of the Relationship
The accuser recounted the events of her relationship with Brand, which transpired during a three-month period in 2006 when she was 16 and he was 30.
She described how Brand sent a taxi to her school to bring her to his home, requested her to save his number under a fake woman’s name, and ultimately sexually assaulted her in a violent manner.
Impact of Coming Forward
“Alice,” one of four women accusing Brand of sexual abuse, expressed the surreal feeling of seeing her story reported widely in the media.
Brand’s Management and Relationship Secrecy
She disclosed that Brand’s management advised him not to be seen with her due to concerns about his image and career.
They even discussed telling people that she was his god-daughter or niece to avoid public scrutiny.
Additional Claims in Dispatches Documentary
In a Channel 4 documentary titled “Dispatches: Russell Brand: In Plain Sight,” “Alice” made further allegations, including Brand taking her virginity and his preoccupation with her innocence.
She also mentioned that Brand often referred to her as “The Child.”
Broader Accusations and Investigations
Four women have accused Russell Brand of sexual assaults that allegedly occurred between 2006 and 2013 in the UK and US. Investigations into these allegations have been initiated by the BBC and Channel Four, both of which had extensive collaborations with Brand.
Professional Ties Severed
Brand’s book publisher announced a pause in their projects, while his literary agency terminated all professional ties with him in light of the allegations.