A production company has launched a probe into allegations about Russell Brand’s behaviour while hosting a Big Brother spin-off.
Bannijay UK, which produced Big Brother’s EFourum and Big Brother’s Big Mouth in the early 2000s, said it had ‘launched an urgent investigation’ into the alleged behaviour of the comedian who hosted the programmes between 2004 and 2006.
It was part of a larger string of bombshell claims made against the 48-year-old star which saw multiple women accusing him of abusive and predatory behaviour, including rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse, between 2006 and 2013.
Brand, who has denied all the claims and insists any relationships were ‘consensual’, was dropped by a charity working to end violence against women in light of the accusations published in The Sunday Times and on Channel 4’s Dispatches.
However, he has received support from some public figures, with the likes of Elon Musk, Andrew Tate and Laurence Fox all appearing to back the comedian as he claimed to be the victim of a ‘co-ordinated media attack’.
Billionaire tech mogul Musk, self-proclaimed misogynist Tate and actor-turned-political activist Fox threw their weight behind Brand, fellow comedians such as Jo Caulfield, Sofie Hagen and Daniel Sloss appeared to turn their backs on him.
Two of the women in Channel 4’s Dispatches which aired on Saturday night said they felt production companies had ‘enabled’ Brand’s behaviour.
Production runner, Rachel, 24, worked alongside Brand on Big Brother’s EFourum, later Big Mouth. Weeks after she started the role, Brand is said to have focused his attention on her.
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