Several women have accused Russell Brand of sexual assault. The allegations are now having a noticeable impact on his career.
The allegations against Russell Brand (48) are now having a noticeable impact on his career as a YouTuber, author and stand-up comedian. This affects his current tour of Great Britain, a book publication in December and the earning potential through his YouTube channels.
His publisher is pausing the collaboration
On the one hand, the publisher Blueprint, an offshoot of the British book giant Pan Macmillan, has put its collaboration with Russell Brand on hold. The next book was actually planned for December. In light of the “very serious allegations,” Bluebird has made the decision to pause all future releases with Russell Brand. Brand had been publishing books in cooperation with the publisher since 2017 – including a title called “Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions” and a corresponding workbook.
In his biography “My Booky Wooky” – published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2007 – Russell Brand spoke about his sex addiction. In 2005 he was treated in a clinic for 30 days because of this. In 2014, a book was published by Random House Publishing called “Revolution”, which deals with political issues.
In addition to his current publisher, the literary and talent agency Tavistock Wood has also “terminated all professional relationships” with Brand. As the “Times” reports, women are said to have contacted his agent with allegations against the actor as early as 2020. The reaction at the time was a “very aggressive” letter from Brand’s lawyers. When the Times contacted the agency with the same allegations, the connection to Brand was severed.
“Russell Brand categorically and vehemently denied the allegations in 2020, but we now believe we were terribly misled by him,” it said in a statement.
YouTube no longer lets him make money from videos
Most recently, Russell Brand is estimated to have earned around a million pounds from his activities on YouTube, according to DailyMail. The online platform has now turned off this money tap. Accordingly, YouTube has blocked the ability for all Russell Brand channels to earn money with the help of advertising revenue. He violated the “Creator Responsibility” regulation. These restrictions mean that Russell Brand can continue to upload videos to its 6.6 million subscribers, but will no longer receive any revenue.
In a statement it said: “When an author’s behavior off-platform harms our users, employees or the ecosystem, we take action to protect the community. This decision applies to all channels owned or operated by Russell Brand .” On YouTube, in addition to his main channel, Russell Brand has the channels “Football Is Nice”, “Awakening With Russell” and “Stay Free With Russell Brand”.
His live show has been postponed for now
The allegations also affect Russell Brand’s planned live shows in the UK. The comedian was actually supposed to perform on Tuesday as part of his “Bipolarization Live Show” at the sold-out Theater Royal Windsor. “We are postponing the few remaining shows, we hate to do that – but we know you will understand. Further dates were still planned in the cities of Wolverhampton and Plymouth.
This is what lies behind the events surrounding Russell Brand’s career
The Briton is currently facing massive allegations of rape and abuse after the broadcast of a film. Allegations from four anonymous women who accuse Brand of sexual assault, emotional and sexual abuse, and sexual violence. These events are said to have occurred between 2006 and 2013. According to media reports, after the documentary was broadcast, other women came forward with similar allegations.
Russell responded with a video before the allegations were made public. In it, he said he never made a secret about his lavish lifestyle in the early 2000s, during the peak of his career. He lived “very, very promiscuous” and always openly admitted this. However, all of his relationships were “absolutely and always consensual”. “I’ve always been transparent, almost too transparent, and I am now,” Brand explained.
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