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Russell Brand Accused of Exposing Self, Joking About It on Radio Show – The Hollywood Reporter

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Russell Model is going through a brand new sexual misconduct allegation, this time for exposing himself to a girl who labored in the identical Los Angeles constructing because the comic.

The alleged incident came about in 2008 in keeping with BBC Information, who was first to report and altered the alleged sufferer’s identify to guard her id. Model’s accuser labored for a media firm in the identical constructing as BBC’s Los Angeles workplace, and says that he not solely uncovered himself to her whereas they had been each in a locked rest room, however spoke and joked concerning the sexual harassment on an episode of The Russell Model Present for Radio 2.

“I feel ashamed, but more so, I wonder had something been done, perhaps there would have been fewer women he would have done horrible things to, which we’re reading about in the papers now,” the alleged sufferer instructed the BBC.

The lady detailed first interacting with Model to let him and his group into the constructing on June 16, 2008, who had arrived to pre-record an episode of the present. Their subsequent interplay could be as he approached her from behind as she was making an attempt to retrieve sinus treatment whereas squatting down in entrance of a medication cupboard.

When she circled, she was face-to-face with Model’s crotch. He allegedly proceeded to say he would deal with her by a distinct identify than her personal, earlier than telling her, “I’m gonna fuck you.” The alleged sufferer says she responded by telling him no, after which Model “pretty much served [his penis] to me as you would be serving someone some food.”

The alleged harassment solely ended when somebody banged on the lavatory door and Model pulled up his pants. She then texted a BBC worker detailing what occurred, to which they responded they knew what had occurred as Model was making jokes about his misconduct on the podcast.

The episode, which aired on June 21, 2008, and that BBC obtained a recording of, comic Matt Morgan tells Model in an alternate, “It’s been 25 minutes since he showed his willy to a lady,” later including that “he got told off for ringing a bell, minutes later he’s showing his willy.” Model will be heard laughing all through the alternate.

The lady reportedly by no means made a proper criticism, citing that she hoped somebody from the BBC would have reached out after listening to the podcast interview, in addition to fears over the impression formally reporting the interplay would have had on her and her household.

BBC administration was knowledgeable concerning the incident in 2019, although no formal motion was taken. In response to Thursday’s story, a spokesperson for the BBC instructed The Hollywood Reporter, that it was “sorry to hear” of the allegations and is wanting into them.

“We are conducting a review to look at allegations of this nature and if the woman who has shared her story is willing to speak to us, we would be very keen to hear from her and anyone else who may have information,” the assertion continued. “A key part of the review is to understand what complaints were made at the time, if there was knowledge of Russell Brand’s conduct while he worked on BBC radio, and what was done as a result. We will of course speak to the bureau team and anyone who was working there in 2008 as part of this.”

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to reps for Model and Morgan.

The allegation follows a significant report from U.Okay.’s The Instances, The Sunday Instances and Channel 4 Dispatches, during which a number of ladies accused the British comic and actor of sexual assault and rape in incidents that spanned 2006 to 2013. In response, the BBC has launched an inside investigation into Model and has eliminated content material that includes the comic after assessing “that it now falls below public expectations.”

Model’s dwell U.Okay. comedy tour was canceled this week, and simply days after the preliminary investigation printed, Met Police reported that that they had obtained one other allegation, associated to a 2003 incident. Different content material suppliers, together with Paramount+ have additionally moved to take away content material that includes Model.

The comic beforehand denied all allegations in a social media assertion he posted a day forward of the investigation printed on-line, stating that he “absolutely refute[s]” them earlier than calling them a part of “coordinated media attacks.”

“These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies, and as I’ve written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous,” he mentioned. “Now during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that then — almost too transparent — and I’m being transparent about it now as well.”

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