London police are investigating allegations of “non-recent” sexual offenses in the UK after several women accused actor Russell Brand of rape and sexual assault.
“Following an investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches and The Sunday Times, the Met has received a number of allegations of sexual offenses in London,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Monday. While the police statement did not mention Brand by name, The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches reported recently published a joint investigation into alleged assaults from the actor.
“We have also received a number of allegations of sexual offenses abroad and will investigate these,” the police statement continued. “The crimes are not recent.”
The British media investigation involved several women who accused Brand of sexual assault and rape. One said Brand forcefully shoved his penis down her throat when she was 16 years old.
Brand denied the allegations before they were published, saying on X, formerly known as Twitter: that he was “promiscuous.” but “the relationships” he had were “always consensual.”
In a video released on Friday
“Of course, it has been an extraordinary and troubling week and I thank you very much for your support and for challenging the information that was presented to you,” Brand said in the video.
The BBC removed some of them Brand’s broadcasts on his streaming service and YouTube were blocked by the comedian to make money with his platform. Tavistock Wood Management dropped Brand as a customer.
Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy leads the UK sex crimes investigation
“We continue to encourage anyone who believes they have been the victim of a sexual offense, no matter how long ago it was, to contact us,” Furphy said in a statement. “We understand that it may be a difficult step and I would like to reassure that we have a team of professionals available to advise and support us.”