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In Full: Russell Brand issues statement ahead of Channel 4 documentary

In Full: Russell Brand issues statement ahead of Channel 4 documentary
Russell Brand issues a statement ahead of the broadcast of a documentary on Channel 4 which is rumoured to include misconduct allegations.

Russell Brand has suggested that he is the subject of a special Dispatches documentary airing on Channel 4 tonight.

The 90-minute programme, airing at 9pm, is rumoured to contain allegations of unsavoury behaviour by a high-profile comedian in what has been described as a new wave of the #MeToo movement.

Brand, 48, appears to have suggested that he will be part of the programme, posting a firm denial of any impropriety in a video on social media on Friday night.

In the video, he said: "Now, this isn't the usual type of video we make on this channel where we critique, attack and undermine the news in all its corruption because in this story, I am the news. I've received two extremely disturbing letters or a letter and an email. One from a mainstream media TV company, one from a newspaper listing a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks, as well as some pretty stupid stuff like community festival should be stopped, that I shouldn't be able to attack mainstream media narratives on this channel. But amidst this litany of astonishing rather baroque attacks, often 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. Now, during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that.

"Then almost too transparent, and I'm being transparent about it now as well. And to see that transparency metastasised into something criminal that I absolutely deny makes me question, is there another agenda at play? Particularly when we've seen coordinated media attacks before, like with Joe Rogan, when he dared to take a medicine that the mainstream media didn't approve of, and we saw a spate of headlines from media outlets across the world using the same language.

"I'm aware that you guys have been saying in the comments for a while, 'watch out, Russell, they're coming for you, you're getting too close to the truth. Russell Brand did not kill himself'. I know that a year ago there was a spate of articles.

"Russell Brand's a conspiracy theorist, Russell Brand's right wing. I'm aware of news media making phone calls, sending letters to people I know for ages and ages. It's being clear to me, or at least it feels to me like there's a serious and concerted agenda to control these kind of spaces and these kind of voices. And I mean, my voice along with your voice. I don't mind them using my books and my stand-up to talk about my promiscuous consensual conduct in the past.

"What I seriously refute are these very, very serious criminal allegations. Also, it's worth mentioning that there are witnesses whose evidence directly contradicts the narrative that these two mainstream media outlets are trying to construct, apparently, in what seems to me to be a coordinated attack.

"Now, I don't wanna get into this any further because of the serious nature of the allegations, but I feel like I'm being attacked and plainly they're working very closely together. We are obviously going to look into this matter cos it's very, very serious. In the meantime, I want you to stay close, stay awake, but more important than any of that, if you can, please stay free."

Watch Brand's video in full below:

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