Prominent actor and comedian, Russell Brand, faced a monetization suspension on his YouTube channel this Tuesday, following allegations of sexual misconduct from several women dating back over a decade. YouTube, citing their “creator responsibility policy,” stated that such actions are taken when a creator’s behavior outside the platform could potentially harm their community. Brand, with a following of 6.6 million on his main channel, has been barred from earning from YouTube ads, and this suspension extends to his other channels with fewer subscribers. The exact duration of this suspension remains uncertain.
The allegations against the 48-year-old surfaced after a joint investigation by British media outlets: The Times, Sunday Times, and Channel 4 television. Four women, who came forward after being approached by these outlets, accused Brand of sexual assault incidents that allegedly occurred between 2006 and 2013. Among these, one woman alleges an assault when she was 16, while another accuses Brand of rape in 2012 in Los Angeles. Additionally, a recent claim has been lodged with London police regarding an alleged assault in central London in 2003.
Brand, known for his candid discussions about his past struggles with substance abuse in his memoirs and his roles in Hollywood films like “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” has vehemently denied these allegations. In a recent video on his YouTube channel, he stated, “I absolutely refute” these claims, emphasizing that all his past relationships were consensual. He also hinted at a potential hidden agenda behind these coordinated media attacks.
Despite the controversy, Brand continues his stand-up comedy performances, with a recent show in London. However, upcoming tour dates have been put on hold in light of the allegations. Furthermore, the release of Brand’s upcoming book on addiction recovery, scheduled for December, has been paused by his publisher. Brand also maintains a presence on Rumble, a platform known for opposing cancel culture, where he boasts 1.4 million followers.