Sean Lock talks about Russell Brand in 2014
Footage of the late comedian Sean Lock from 2014 has gone viral following the allegations made against Russell Brand, showing the 8 out of 10 Cats panellist joking about his “hatred” of him.
Russell has recently been accused of rape, sexual assault and controlling and emotionally abusive behaviour in a documentary. He denies all the allegations.
Last Saturday, Channel 4, The Times and The Sunday Times aired their investigation, Russell Brand: In Plain Sight, which claimed that four women had come forward with allegations about the comedian’s behaviour between 2006 and 2013.
During an episode of 8 out of 10 Cats nine years ago, Sean was seen making a joke about Russell.
“Probably the reason I hate him so much is because I’m a dad and I’ve got this fear that one day my daughters will bring something like that home,” he quipped. “And he’ll come in and go, ‘Oh, oh, such pleasure to be in your charming abode’.”
Sean died after a battle with cancer in August 2021 at the age of 58.
Over the weekend, a Dispatches special was aired on Channel 4 detailing the accusations against Brand.
Before the show was broadcast, Russell posted a lengthy YouTube video denying all the claims and said all his relationships had been consensual.
He said he was the subject of a “coordinated attack” involving some “very serious allegations that I absolutely refute”.
In the statement, Russell said: “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. Now, during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that.”
Four women alleged that they were sexually assaulted by him during the peak of his fame between 2006 and 2013.
The BBC has stated that they are “urgently looking into the issues raised”. Channel 4 has also launched an investigation.
A latter’s statement added: “We will be writing to all our current suppliers reminding them of their responsibilities under our Code of Conduct, as we are committed to ensuring our industry has safe, inclusive and professional working environments.”
Russell has since been axed by his talent agency, Tavistock Wood, claiming that they were “horribly misled” after the claims.
He has also been suspended from making money on YouTube following the allegations.
In a statement, the platform said: “We have suspended monetisation on Russell Brand’s channel for violating our Creator Responsibility policy. If a creator’s off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community.”
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