Russell Brand is rejecting “very serious criminal” claims made against him regarding previous “promiscuous” behavior.
Brand, 48, said in a new video posted to social media on Friday that he “absolutely refutes” the claims and called them “extremely egregious and aggressive attacks.
“I’ve got two extremely disturbing messages, or a letter and an email, one from a mainstream media TV company, one from a news organization, listing a litany of extremely severe and violent attacks,” he started the video. “However, among this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks, there are some very serious allegations that I categorically deny.”
Despite the fact that Brand did not name the television network or newspaper, his video comes ahead of a new special investigation edition of the U.K. current affairs show Dispatches, which airs Saturday night.
As the video progressed, Brand addressed the timeline of the allegations, insisting that all of his interactions during a period of self-described “promiscuity” were “consensual.”
“These allegations relate to a time when I used to work in the mainstream, when I was constantly in the newspapers and in the movies.” And, as I’ve discussed extensively in my novels, I was extremely promiscuous. During that period of promiscuity, the relationships that I had were all completely consenting.
“I was always open about it back then — almost too open.” And I’m being completely honest about it now. “And to see that transparency turn into something criminal, that I categorically deny,” Brand concluded.
The actor went on to say that he thought his “voice” was not accepted by the mainstream press and that he suspected there was an agenda to restrict his voice.
“I don’t mind if they use my books and my stand-up comedy to talk about my promiscuous, acceptable behavior in the past,” he said. “What I seriously refute are these very, very serious criminal allegations.
“It’s also worth noting that there are witnesses who have information that is directly at odds with the narratives which these two major news outlets appear to be attempting to construct in what appears to be a coordinated attack,” Brand continued.
“Now, I don’t want to go into this any further because of the serious nature of the allegations,” he continued, “but I feel like I’m being attacked, and clearly they’re working very closely together.