Comedian Russell Brand has been “interviewed under caution” by the Metropolitan Police regarding allegations of three “non-recent” sexual offences, it has been reported.
A man, understood to be Brand, was questioned by detectives at a police station in south London on November 16, the Times reported on Sunday (November 19).
Scotland Yard said a man had been interviewed but did not confirm his identity.
Russell Brand ‘interviewed under caution’ by Met Police Scotland Yard said a man had been interviewed but did not confirm his identity (Image: Jonathan Brady/PA)
A statement given to the PA news agency said: “A man in his 40s attended a police station in south London on Thursday, November 16, 2023.
“He was interviewed under caution by detectives in relation to three non-recent sexual offences. Inquiries continue.”
In September, the 48-year-old was accused of rape, assault and emotional abuse between 2006 and 2013, following a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
The Times reports that the allegations being investigated by Scotland Yard are understood to be different to those detailed by The Times and The Sunday Times.
Following the Channel 4 Dispatches episode, the force encouraged potential victims to come forward amid the sexual assault allegations, which were said to have taken place during the height of Brand’s fame when he was working for the BBC, Channel 4 and starring in Hollywood films.
🔺EXCLUSIVE: Russell Brand has been questioned by detectives from the Metropolitan Police over alleged historical sex offences. Brand has denied the allegations and said his relationships had all been consensual t.co/qQkLbYvvZ6
— The Times and The Sunday Times (@thetimes) November 19, 2023 Brand strongly denied the allegations in a video posted on X, formerly known as Twitter a day before the investigation was published online.
In the clip, he denied “serious criminal allegations” he said were to be made against him, and said his relationships “were absolutely, always consensual.”
The force said it had since received a “number of allegations of sexual offences in London” as well as elsewhere in the country.
Earlier this month, the BBC said two more complainants had come forward since it launched a review into the behaviour of Brand, who worked on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music programmes from 2006 to 2008.
The broadcaster said a total of five complaints had now been made directly to the BBC, one of which included “allegations of inappropriate conduct in the workplace, including urinating in bottles in a BBC studio”.
Newsquest has contacted Russell Brand for comment.