Police ‘receive number of sex offence allegations’ after Russell Brand reports

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    Metropolitan Police have received a number of sex offence allegations following news reports about comedian Russell Brand.

    The 48-year-old comedian vehemently denies claims made by a number of women and has said all his relationships have been consensual. The allegations were detailed in Channel 4 documentary Dispatches and The Times.

    On Monday (September 25), the force said they have since received a "number of allegations of sexual offences in London" as well as elsewhere in the country.In a short statement, police said all allegations were non-recent and there have been no arrests. Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy, from the Met’s Central Specialist Crime Command, said: "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.

    “We understand it can feel like a difficult step to take and I want to reassure that we have a team of specialist officers available to advise and support."

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    Brand has denied any wrongdoing, claiming he was the victim of a media conspiracy. Taking to Instagram on Friday (September 22), he said: "Hello there you awakening wonders, obviously, it's been an extraordinary and distressing week and I thank you very much for your support and for questioning the information you've been presented with. By now, you're probably aware that the British government have asked big tech platforms to censor our online content.

    "Some online platforms, have complied with that request. What you may not know is that this happens in the context of the Online Safety Bill – this is UK legislation that grants sweeping surveillance and censorship powers and is a law that has already been passed."

    Brand then compelled his listeners to refrain from trusting news sources, claiming they were trying to shut down Independent media organisations.

    He added: "I also don't imagine that you've heard of the trusted news initiative and now, as often is the case when a word like trusted is used as part of an acronym to describe an unelected body, trust is the last thing you should be offering. The trusted news initiative is a collaboration between big tech and legacy media organisations to target, patrol, choke and shut down independent media organisations like this one."

    Brand faces losing around £1million a year after being banned from profiting from videos he posts on YouTube. Bosses of the social media website suspended his ability to earn cash from posts for “violating our creator responsibility policy”. The BBC has also removed some of his content from their apps.

    The corporation is probing allegations about Brand’s time there between 2006 and 2008. His book publisher has already paused all future projects with him.

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