Russell Brand has been dropped by his management company, Tavistock Wood Management after a years-long joint investigation conducted by a trio of UK news outlets reported on claims alleging that Brand committed sexual assault, rape, and emotional abuse during the peak of his fame.?
The investigation into Brand’s alleged behavior, conducted by The Sunday Times, The Times, and Channel 4, found at least four women, including one who was 16 at the time, who accuse the 48-year-old comedian turned YouTube influencer of committing rape and sexual assault between 2006 and 2013.?
In a statement to Deadline made on Saturday, Tavistock Wood Management addressed the accusations. “Russell Brand categorically and vehemently denied the allegation made in 2020, but we now believe we were horribly misled by him,” reads the statement. “TW has terminated all professional ties to Brand.” The management company removed Brand’s profile from its website over the weekend. ?
Trevi, a UK-based women’s charity that aims to help people dealing with addiction, also announced in a statement posted to Instagram on Saturday that it has terminated its relationship with Brand and his organization, the Stay Free Foundation. A former addict, Brand has written extensively about his experience in books including 2017’s Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions.?
The day before the investigation was published, Brand vehemently denied all of the allegations in a video posted on his personal social media accounts. (Per The Times, Brand had been given an eight-day window to respond to their outlet and The Sunday Times regarding the allegations). “The relationships that I had were absolutely always consensual,” says Brand in the video. “I was always transparent about that then, almost too transparent. And I’m being transparent about it now … 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.”?
The investigation into Brand reportedly began in 2019 and, according to The Times, involved interviews with “hundreds of people who knew or worked with Brand.” The accusers ranged from the 16-year-old—which is England’s age of consent—to middle-aged colleagues and employees of Brand, who accused Brand of workplace misconduct that was coercive and frequently sexual in nature.?
Initially a standup comedian, Brand broke through in Hollywood with star turns in comedies including Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) and Get Him to the Greek (2010). In recent years, Brand has transitioned from movie star to influencer, posting videos about wellness, conspiracy theories, spirituality, and addiction to his YouTube page, which now has over 6 million subscribers. He’s also become increasingly right-wing in some of his political stances, with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claiming that the two have developed a friendship over the years.
In his video, Brand says he “was very, very promiscuous” at the height of his fame, but continued to deny any and all allegations of sexual assault or misconduct. “During that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual,” he says. The night the investigation was published, Brand performed his comedy show, “Bipolarisation,” to cheers and support from the crowd in Wembley, England, reportedly receiving a standing ovation at the end of the performance.
Vanity Fair has reached out to Russell Brand for comment.