Defiant Russell Brand performs at Wembley amid sexual assault allegations – as it happened

Russell Brand thanked his fans for their support amid allegations made against him of sexual assault, emotional abuse and one instance of rape.

He told a Wembley crowd at his live show ‘Russell Brand: Biopolarisation’ on Saturday evening: “I really appreciated your support, I love you, I appreciate you.” 

The allegations from four women have emerged as part of an investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches. 

Brand, 48, who is currently in the middle of a tour, has vehemently denied the “very, very serious criminal allegations”.

In a YouTube video posted before the claims were made public, the comedian and actor said he had received “two extremely disturbing letters” detailing “a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks” from a TV company and a newspaper.

He denied what he said were “astonishing” and “rather baroque” claims of a “serious nature”, insisting that all of his relationships have been consensual. 

The allegations refer to a period between 2006 and 2013, while Brand was working as a presenter for BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4 and went on to become an actor in Hollywood films.

One woman claimed when the comedian was 31-years-old he started an abusive relationship with her when she was only 16-years-old and still at school. 

Another woman claimed Brand raped her against a wall at his Los Angeles home. In a text message The Sunday Times claims it has authenticated, the woman told him: “When a girl say[s] NO it means no.” It is claimed Brand replied: “Very sorry”.

A third woman claims he sexually assaulted her while she was working with him in Los Angeles. She told the paper he threatened to take legal action if she dared to tell anyone about her allegation.

The final fourth woman alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Brand. She also claims he was physically and emotionally abusive towards her.

The women have not been named. 

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