Met Police Receives Report of Alleged 2003 Sexual Assault Amid Russell Brand Accusations

The Metropolitan Police has acknowledged receiving a report of a sexual assault dating back to 2003, prompted by recent media accusations surrounding Russell Brand. While refraining from explicitly mentioning Brand, police have confirmed their engagement with the woman who made the report and are providing her with support.

Over the weekend, the comedian and actor found himself facing allegations of rape and sexual assaults spanning from 2006 to 2013, all of which he vehemently denies. Following these allegations, the promoter has confirmed the postponement of upcoming shows on Brand’s live tour.

On Monday, one of the women whose allegations against Brand were part of the investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times, and Channel 4 Dispatches described the comedian’s behaviour as an “open secret” and criticised his denials as “laughable.”

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police stated they were aware of the media allegations and went on to say, “On Sunday, September 17, the Met received a report of a sexual assault alleged to have taken place in Soho in central London in 2003.” The force emphasised their commitment to ensuring that anyone who believes they are a victim of a sexual offence, “no matter how long ago it was,” knows how to report it to the police.

Russell Brand has staunchly denied all claims of misconduct, characterising the situation as “a coordinated attack” involving “very serious allegations that I absolutely refute.” He maintains that his relationships have always been consensual.

Brand’s publisher, Bluebird, has also revealed that they are “pausing” all future projects with him. Despite being a best-selling author, Brand’s ongoing book project set for publication this December is now uncertain amidst the allegations.

The investigations are ongoing, with more allegations reportedly received by The Times. Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer has expressed her intention to engage with broadcasters about their ongoing investigations into Russell Brand, while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spokesman has underscored the seriousness of the allegations, emphasising the necessity to eliminate harassment from all spaces.