Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Russell Brand’s Windsor show postponed after sexual assault allegations made

Russell Brand’s last tour shows have been postponed, organisers have confirmed. This includes tomorrow’s performance (September 19), which was scheduled to take place at the Theatre Royal Windsor in London.

The comedian, who has been accused of rape and sexual assault following a documentary and article by Channel 4 Dispatches and The Times, has strongly denied the accusations made against him.

A statement from the show’s promoters said: “We are postponing these few remaining addiction charity fundraiser shows, we don’t like doing it – but we know you’ll understand.”

The Theatre Royal Windsor said in a statement: “Theatre Royal Windsor will be offering ticket refunds in line with our terms and conditions of sale.”

Brand faces allegations from four different women who claim he sexually assaulted them between 2006 and 2013.

The news comes just after the Met Police confirmed today they were investigating another allegation of sexual assault from 2003, following the investigation into Brand.

A Met Police spokesman said: “We are aware of reporting by The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches about allegations of sexual offences. On Sunday, 17 September, the Met received a report of a sexual assault which was alleged to have taken place in Soho in central London in 2003. Officers are in contact with the woman and will be providing her with support.

“We first spoke with The Sunday Times on Saturday, 16 September and have since made further approaches to The Sunday Times and Channel 4 to ensure that anyone who believes they have been the victim of a sexual offence is aware of how to report this to the police.

“We continue to encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a sexual offence, no matter how long ago it was, to contact us.”

The new statement from the Met Police appears to refer to a new allegation that was not mentioned in The Times and Channel 4 investigation.

The statement does not identify the accused person, but says the report was made following the Sunday Times report and Channel 4 documentary about Russell Brand.

The postponement comes just as he was supposed to be performing his last few live stand-up shows as part of his Bipolarisation tour. He had further dates in Wolverhampton and Plymouth.

On Saturday, just hours after the allegations were first published, Brand performed at a venue in Wembley, London to roughly 2,000 people.

The crowd gave him a standing ovation as the comedian said there were “things I cannot talk about”, it has been reported.

Posting a video on his social media before the documentary aired he denied “serious criminal allegations” that were about to be made against him.

He said he was the subject of a “co-ordinated attack” involving “some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute”.

“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 said.

“Now during that time of promiscuity the relationships I had were absolutely, always consensual.”

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