• Russell Brand denies “serious allegations” ahead of Channel 4 Dispatches
• Speculation builds on who or what is at the centre of the investigation
• Brand says relationships he had during this time were “always consensual”
Russell Brand has addressed rumors of a potential Channel 4 Dispatches investigation set to air Saturday night. In a YouTube video, he stated that he has received two letters from a mainstream media organization and a newspaper with “a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks” and “serious allegations” that he “absolutely denies.” Brand claims that the allegations pertain to his time when he was in the mainstream and very promiscuous, but that all relationships were consensual and he was transparent about it. He questioned if there is an agenda behind the allegations and compared it to the coordinated media attacks of Joe Rogan that occurred when he took a medicine not approved by mainstream media.
The Channel 4 TV guide simply lists the investigation as a “90-minute Dispatches investigation” without any other information.
The much-anticipated programme is set to air on Saturday night, with speculation building over who or what could be at the centre of the investigation.
Rumours on Friday suggested the show will discuss a number of celebrities, and was said to be potentially damaging.
The comedian, actor and internet personality told his viewers that there are ‘serious allegations’ made against him which he ‘absolutely refutes’.
Brand said he had received two ‘extremely disturbing letters’ from a ‘mainstream media TV company’ and a newspaper.
The letters listed ‘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,’ Brand said.
‘But amidst this litany of astonishing rather baroque attacks, often very serious allegations that I absolutely refute,’ he continued.
‘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.’
He went on to say relationships he had during this time were ‘always consensual’.
‘I was always transparent about that. Then almost too transparent, and I’m being transparent about it now as well,’ he said.
‘And to see that transparency metastasized 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.’
Brand’s statement came amid rumours on social media about whether a scandal about a famous person could feature in the investigation airing today.
The Channel 4 TV guide simply lists the hotly-anticipated programme as ‘New: Dispatches Special. A 90-minute special Dispatches investigation’.
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Watch Brand’s video here.