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Russell Brand: More allegations surfaced


James Manning / dpa

British comedian and actor Russell Brand is said to have sexually abused women over several years, according to media reports. Now the London police have received further charges against the artist. As Scotland Yard announced on Monday, it is about allegations of sexual assault in London and other parts of the country, which are now being investigated. He was not named in the message, but it became clear from the context that it was about the 48-year-old. The alleged incidents were therefore a long time ago.

According to research by the "Sunday Times", "Times" and the TV station Channel 4, allegations by several women against fire for rape, physical assault and emotional abuse were reported for the first time in mid-September. A short time later, the police confirmed that they had received a complaint.

Brand, who was briefly married to US singer Katy Perry, had so far denied all allegations. Although he had had many changing sexual partners at times, the relationships had always been consensual, he asserted.

The police called on other potential victims to also contact the investigating authorities: "We encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of sexual offenses, no matter how long ago it was, to contact us," a police spokesman said, according to the statement.

Russell Brand began his career as a comedian in the early noughties. In the years between 2006 and 2013, when the crimes he is accused of are said to have taken place, he was at the height of his fame: He worked for several British broadcasters and starred in Hollywood films, for example alongside US actress Kristen Bell in "Never again sex with the ex".