Russell Brand: Extra accuses comedian of sexual assault on movie set
He has been accused of sexual assault over a film extra in a civil suit filed in the United States.
While filming romance film Arthur in July 2010, the comedian allegedly exposed himself to an unidentified woman before following her into the bathroom and sexually assaulting her.
Facing the brand Accusations of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse Following reports in the British media.
He denies these accusations and says that his relationships were “always consensual.”
British police said they were investigating a number of allegations made against Brand, but the lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court on Friday represents the first time such accusations have been brought to court.
In an affidavit, the woman – referred to as Jane Doe – alleged that the actor “appeared intoxicated, smelled of alcohol, and was carrying a bottle of vodka on set” before the assault, which occurred on July 7, 2010.
The newspapers say that he then exposed himself to his accuser in full view of the cast and crew.
Later that same day, the plaintiff said Brand then entered the bathroom and assaulted her while “a member of the production crew was guarding the door from the outside.”
Film studio Warner Bros Pictures and other companies involved in the production were also named as defendants.
The woman says that as a result of the alleged abuse, she suffers from extreme embarrassment, shame and fear, and finds it difficult to trust others.
She says she has professional concerns about her name in connection with the case because she is still working as an actress and fears she will be “blacklisted from the industry.”
She is reportedly seeking unspecified damages from the British actor.
The document says she was initially booked for three days but after the assault she was not returned for the following days and only paid for one day.
Newspapers say she also fears harassment by his followers if her identity is revealed.
The case was brought under the Adult Survivors Act, New York legislation that allows alleged victims of sex crimes that have run out of statute of limitations to file civil claims for one year between November 24, 2022 and November 24, 2023.
The allegations were made by four women towards Brand For the first time in a joint investigation By The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches.
They claimed the actor sexually assaulted them in the UK and Los Angeles during a seven-year period, between 2006 and 2013, while he held high-profile jobs at BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4 and as an actor in Hollywood.
The Metropolitan Police have since said he was Investigating allegations of sexual crimes The following media reports have been published about Brand, while Thames Valley Police are also investigating the matter Reports of harassment and stalking.
A day before the media investigation into Brand was published online, the comedian shared a video on social media in which he denied the allegations.
In it, he denied the “serious criminal allegations” that he said would be brought against him, and said that his relationships “were always consensual.”