Comedian and political commentator/conspiracy theorist Russell Brand is now officially being investigated by the Metropolitan police after a fifth accuser has come forward claiming to be a victim of sexual assault.
Issuing a statement today, the Met Police confirmed that a fresh alleged victim has made an official report that they are now looking into, with the woman’s allegations pertaining to an alleged assault in 2003.
One of the allegations includes the claim that Brand raped a woman after she asked him to use a condom and he chose not to, without her consent. A screenshot of a text message has been verified by journalists as being sent by Brand. In the message, he apologises after she tells him ‘no means no’ and rages at him over the incident.
Channel 4 journalists also verified that the alleged victim visited a rape centre the following day.
As per their standard policy, the Met statement does not identify the accused person, but it is understood that the fresh accuser was prompted to make a report to them after the release of the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary about Russell Brand and articles in The Times and The Sunday Times.
A spokesperson for the Met said: “We are aware of reporting by The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches about allegations of sexual offences.
“On Sunday, 17 September, the Met received a report of a sexual assault which was alleged to have taken place in Soho in central London in 2003. Officers are in contact with the woman and will be providing her with support.
“We first spoke with The Sunday Times on Saturday, 16 September and have since made further approaches to The Sunday Times and Channel 4 to ensure that anyone who believes they have been the victim of a sexual offence is aware of how to report this to the police.
“We continue to encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a sexual offence, no matter how long ago it was, to contact us.”
Meanwhile, the BBC 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 issues raised.”
The BBC and Channel 4 have pledged to investigate claims made about the former presenter, while Channel 4 has removed all programmes linked to Brand from its website.
A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “We have asked the production company who produced the programmes for Channel 4 to investigate these allegations and report their findings properly and satisfactorily to us.
“Channel 4 is also conducting its own internal investigation, and we would encourage anyone who is aware of such behaviour to contact us directly.”
None of the women accusing Brand were under the age of consent when they allege that the crimes took place.
It is understood that none of the accusers have ever made complaints about Brand’s conduct to the police, making today’s announcement the first official police report made against the former Big Brother’s Big Mouth star.
The comedian has vehemently denied the “very serious criminal allegations” and said his relationships were “absolutely always consensual”. His father, Ron Brand, has also jumped to his defence, describing the accusations as a “vendetta”.
Read our full breakdown and unbiased analysis of the allegations against Russell Brand here.