In a recent development, comedian Russell Brand is now facing serious allegations of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit filed in the United States. The lawsuit centers on an incident that allegedly occurred during the filming of the romantic comedy “Arthur” in July 2010. According to the lawsuit, Brand is accused of exposing himself to an anonymous female extra and subsequently sexually assaulting her in a bathroom.
The accusations against Brand include charges of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse, as previously reported in the British media. Brand vehemently denies these allegations, maintaining that all his relationships were consensual. As of now, Brand has not responded to the lawsuit.
British authorities have initiated an investigation into multiple claims made against Russell Brand. However, the civil lawsuit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court on Friday, marks the first time such accusations have been brought forward in a legal context.
In an affidavit submitted as part of the lawsuit, the woman, identified as Jane Doe, describes the incident that took place on July 7, 2010. She alleges that Brand appeared intoxicated, smelled of alcohol, and was carrying a bottle of vodka on the film set. It is claimed that Brand exposed himself in front of the cast and crew before following the accuser into a bathroom, where the alleged sexual assault occurred. During this time, a member of the production crew purportedly guarded the bathroom door from the outside.
In addition to Russell Brand, the lawsuit also names film studio Warner Bros Pictures and other companies involved in the production as defendants. The woman claims that as a result of the alleged abuse, she has suffered extreme embarrassment, shame, fear, and difficulties trusting others. She also expresses professional concerns about being associated with the case, as she continues to work as an actor and fears potential blacklisting in the industry.
The woman is seeking unspecified damages from Russell Brand. The legal document states that she was initially booked for three days but was not called back for further work after the incident and was only compensated for one day. Furthermore, she is concerned about potential harassment from Brand’s followers if her identity becomes public.
The lawsuit has been filed under the Adult Survivor’s Act, a New York state law that allows alleged victims of sexual offenses, for which the statute of limitations has passed, to file civil suits during a one-year period between November 24, 2022, and November 24, 2023.
Before this lawsuit, allegations from four women against Russell Brand were brought to light through a joint investigation by the Sunday Times, Times, and Channel 4’s Dispatches. These women claimed that Brand had sexually assaulted them in the UK and Los Angeles between 2006 and 2013 when he held high-profile positions at BBC Radio 2, Channel 4, and as a Hollywood actor. The Metropolitan Police and Thames Valley Police are currently investigating the allegations of sexual offenses, harassment, and stalking in response to these reports.
In response to the media investigation before the lawsuit was filed, Russell Brand shared a video on social media, where he denied the forthcoming “serious criminal allegations.” He asserted that his relationships were always consensual.