Russell Brand has finally spoken out after The Sunday Times reported allegations from five women accusing him of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse, including one charge of rape. In a recent YouTube video, Brand steered clear of directly addressing the allegations, instead thanking his followers for their support and questioning the information presented to them.
Titled So…, the video appears to obliquely acknowledge the controversy surrounding Brand. In it, he outlines future topics for his channel, such as media censorship and the pharmaceutical industry, and urges fans to keep supporting him by following him on alternative platform Rumble.
Prior to the Times’ report, Brand had issued an initial video response denying the astonishing, rather baroque attacks against him but offered no further details at the time.
In the wake of these allegations, several of Brand’s professional ventures have taken a hit. His live tour has been put on hold, his book deal with Bluebird, a Pan Macmillan imprint, has been suspended, and the BBC has pulled some of his previous programs from their digital platforms, citing that they fall below public expectations.