Paramount+ has pulled the plug on Russell Brand’s 2009 stand-up comedy special, Russell Brand in New York City, in response to sexual assault allegations against the British comedian. The BBC has also removed Brand’s content from its streaming platforms. Four women have accused Brand of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse spanning from 2006 to 2013. Brand denies all allegations. The allegations have legal implications, with London’s Metropolitan Police receiving a report of an alleged sexual assault. Major players in the entertainment industry, including Channel 4, the BBC, and production giant Banijay, have initiated internal investigations into their association with Brand.
Paramount+ Drops Russell Brand’s Comedy Special Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
Paramount+ and the BBC have taken action in light of sexual assault allegations against British comedian Russell Brand. Brand’s 2009 stand-up comedy special, Russell Brand in New York City, has been pulled from Paramount+ and the BBC has removed his content from its streaming platforms. Four women have accused Brand of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse. London’s Metropolitan Police have received a report of an alleged sexual assault related to these claims. Channel 4, the BBC, and production giant Banijay have also initiated internal investigations into their association with Brand.
Impact on Russell Brand’s Career
The allegations against Russell Brand have had significant consequences for his career. Live stand-up shows in the UK have been postponed and his publisher, Bluebird, has halted all future publishing with Brand. Brand, known for his stand-up comedy and acting roles, had recently transitioned into a social media personality and wellness advocate with a popular YouTube channel. However, with the allegations and investigations, the entertainment industry is facing a reckoning on how it handles allegations against prominent figures and the impact on their careers.
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