TV bosses 'said female crew would be taken off show fronted by Russell Brand because of fear they'd be assaulted or harassed' alleged victim says – amid claims comedian's 'sinister behaviour' was an 'open secret' among BBC and Channel 4 senior executives

TV bosses have been accused of offering to take female staff members off shows fronted by Russell Brand after concerns about his alleged behaviour were raised.

It comes amid reports that accusations about his ‘sinister’ behaviour towards women were an ‘open secret’ among TV and radio executives.

The broadcasters have insisted they took all necessary steps over him, but executives could still be called before a Government select committee where MPs will grill them over what they knew.

The 48-year-old’s behaviour is alleged to have been common knowledge among female performers on the comedy circuit, who are said to warned each other about him. 

Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by multiple women, including one who says she was 16 at the time.

He has posted a video on YouTube and Twitter refuting the allegations and insisted relationships at the time of his promiscuity’ were ‘consensual’. 

However, his attitude towards women is alleged to have been an open secret in radio and TV production, according to sources who briefed The Sunday Times.

One woman, who says she was abused by the comic when she was 16 years old and later worked at Channel 4, has alleged that in a meeting in late 2013 or early 2014, Brand’s name came up as a potential host for a show.

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