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Katy Perry has been seen in public for the first time since ex-husband Russell Brand was accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by four women.

The popstar, 38, was spotted behind the wheel of her Porsche in Los Angeles on Sunday – with long-time fiancé and actor Orlando Bloom seen heading to the gym earlier in the day.

Perry, who was married to Brand for 14 months, previously alluded to ‘keeping his truth’ which she would keep locked in her safe ‘for a rainy day’ during a 2013 interview with Vogue which has recently resurfaced.

Former culture secretary suggests non-disclosure agreements should be outlawed in entertainment industry if they were used to silence people over alleged incidents involving Russell Brand

Dame Maria Miller MP, former culture secretary and women’s minister, suggested non-disclosure agreements should be outlawed in the entertainment industry if they have been used to silence people over alleged incidents involving Russell Brand.

She told Sky News’ Politics Hub that the organisations involved should provide “an explanation as to why they didn’t have practices in place for people who wanted to speak out”.

‘I think they’ve got to be held accountable for the way they’re treating their staff,’ she said.

‘I also want to dig more into some of the comments that were made over the weekend about people not feeling still able to speak out about these instances and particularly comments from both the BBC and also the talent company which made me feel that maybe non-disclosure agreements had been used potentially leading to people being silenced about things which are now patently issues that could be criminal allegations.’

Maria Miller, British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Basingstoke since 2005. Pressure on the embattled Culture Secretary Maria Miller has been ramped up by a poll suggesting a large majority of voters think she should be dropped from the Cabinet, stripped of her responsibility for press regulation and thrown out of the House of Commons. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 6, 2014. Tory chairman Grant Shapps has called for a line to be drawn under the controversy over Mrs Miller's expenses, following her apology to the House of Commons on Thursday. But the Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday found that almost three-quarters of voters (73%) thought her 32-second apology was inadequate, and similar numbers (75%) felt David Cameron was wrong to offer her his support. See PA story POLITICS Miller. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire.File photo.

James Cracknell’s wife has taken a thinly veiled swipe at his GB News host ex-partner Beverly Turner as she slammed the ‘misogynistic backlash’ towards Russell Brand‘s accusers.

Jordan Cracknell, who is James Cracknell’s new wife after his split from ex-wife Beverley Turner in 2019, took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the accusations against Brand.

ALISON BOSHOFF: My brush with Russell Brand was some years ago now. And let’s be clear: what happened to me was – although humiliating and still distressing – only a trivial footnote in the story which is now unfolding.

In fact, I’d rather forget about the Saturday night in November 2007 when Brand devoted a decent chunk of his BBC Radio 2 show to me.

However, I am writing about it for the first time as it demonstrates clearly that ‘Sachsgate’, which followed about a year later was not an isolated incident. Anyone could have – and should have – seen it coming.

Late British comedian Sean Lock’s reason for ‘hating’ Russell Brand has today resurfaced.

Maverick comic Brand came under fire this weekend after being accused of rape and sexual assault between 2006 and 2013.

The 48-year-old Get Him To The Greek star denies any wrongdoing and insisted his previously relationships were ‘consensual’.

A clip on 8 Out of 10 Cats in 2014 resurfaced following the alleged sex abuse scandal facing Brand, showing Lock joking about the fellow comic on the Channel 4 show.

Lock, who died from cancer in August 2021 aged 58, said he feared his daughters bringing someone like Brand home with them.

Andrew Pierce and his GB News co-host Beverley Turner dramatically clashed live on air today as they discussed the bombshell allegations made against Russell Brand.

During Monday’s GB News show, Daily Mail columnist Pierce branded Ms Turner ‘shameful’ after she called Brand ‘a hero’ on Twitter in the wake of allegations revealed in an investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.

Pierce also said that Ms Turner was ‘behaving like an idiot’ after she continued to defend Brand amid the fallout.

The stand-up comic, 48, appeared on the talk show in 2013 and tried to flirt outrageously with the married actress, 39 – and it left her looking visibly uncomfortable.

Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairwoman says they are looking for BBC to give ‘reassurance’ they will look into circumstances around Brand allegations

Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairwoman said the group will be looking for the same ‘reassurance’ from the BBC which has been provided by Channel 4 in relation to the circumstances surrounding the allegations faced by Russell Brand.

Ms Dinenage told the BBC’s PM programme the committee would be examining ‘who knew what and when, and the extent to which any reports that happened at the time were investigated’.

She said: ‘What’s concerned me most has been the reaction across media and social media from the number of people that are saying ‘this is shocking but not surprising’, talking about open secrets and how this was, people were turning a blind eye, and that’s what does worry me and I think that’s what my committee will be looking at.

‘The extent to which any of these really powerful and influential TV talent are able to be able to use that, exploit that enormous power and infleucne to potentially damage the live and careers of other people.’

Ms Dinenage said she would not ‘pre-empt’ the work of the committee but said she expected it would write to ‘all the organisations concerned’.

Magnus Brooke, group director of strategy, policy and regulation at ITV is being questioned about This Morning by John Nicolson MP during a session of pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Media Bill by MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.Committee chairwoman Caroline Dinenage previously said they would not be addressing the issues around former host Phillip Schofield leaving the show during the session because ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall will appear before MPs next week.

Shocking extracts from the medical records of a woman who claims she was raped by Russell Brand in his Los Angeles home have been revealed.

Nadia did not report the alleged rape to police at the time but she gave her underwear and other samples as evidence, which were frozen. She also received therapy sessions at the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Centre’s Rape Treatment Center for the following five months.

Russell Brand was once one of the biggest names in British comedy, starring in a string of successful Hollywood movies that made him a small fortune.

But on Saturday, the 48-year-old comic was hit by a string of damning accusations, which included rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse.

Brand vehemently denies any wrongdoing and insists his previous relationships with women were always ‘consensual’.

The 48-year-old, who lives in a £3million seven-bedroom Oxfordshire mansion with his wife Laura and their two children, is believed to have accrued £16million in wealth since his meteoric rise to fame, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Lauren Harries claimed Russell Brand ‘used her for sex’ during their alleged fling.

The antiques expert, 45, has long claimed she enjoyed a dalliance with the defiant comic, 48, who is in the midst of a sex scandal after a Dispatches exposé uncovered allegations of misconduct, rape and sexual assault – all of which he denies.

Comments on their ‘six-month relationship’, which Brand has always staunchly dismissed, have now resurfaced with Lauren detailing his upsetting treatment.

She said: ‘I don’t think Russell wanted to be seen with me, so we didn’t go out. We had our moments, but he can’t admit to it. It was going on for six months at least. Let’s just say he liked the bedroom department, but that was all I was good for.’

There is nothing to suggest Russell Brand was abusive toward Lauren Harries.

Windsor theatre who postponed Russell Brand’s Bipolarisation show will refund tickets

A theatre in Windsor, Berkshire, has said it will refund customers who bought tickets to Russell Brand’s Bipolarisation show on Tuesday.

In a statement, the venue’s management said: ‘Theatre Royal Windsor will be offering ticket refunds in line with our terms and conditions of sale.’

A general view shows the Theatre Royal Windsor, where British comedian and actor Russell Brand's was scheduled to perform before the rest of his live tour was postponed, in Windsor, Britain, September 18, 2023. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Theatre Royal Windsor, where British comedian and actor Russell Brand’s was scheduled to perform before the rest of his live tour was postponed

A performance of Russell Brand’s Bipolarisation show due to go ahead on Tuesday at the Theatre Royal Windsor in Berkshire has been postponed.

The show’s promoters said in a statement: ‘We are postponing these few remaining addiction charity fundraiser shows, we don’t like doing it – but we know you’ll understand.’

He has been scheduled to perform at two more venues in September, including The Pavilions in Plymouth on Friday, and The Civic At The Halls in Wolverhampton next Thursday.

Breaking: Russell Brand’s show in Windsor set to be performed tonight ‘postponed’

Russell Brand’s performance at the Theatre Royal Windsor tonight has been postponed, the theatre said.

Russell Brand says wife of six years Laura Gallacher is ‘calm, beautiful woman’ who is ‘not interested’ in his fame

After slowing down from his life of promiscuity, drugs and alcohol to wed Laura, Brand told The Guardian in 2017: ‘I’ve never had domesticity before. Most of my life has been an extension of the grandiose idea of what glamour would look like if it had to have a kitchen.

‘And I feel sometimes like a refugee in my house with this woman, this calm, beautiful woman, who in the most beautiful way possible doesn’t care about what I do. She’s not interested, in the most delightful way.’

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Russell Brand and Laura Gallacher are seen on January 06, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Channel 4 boss heralds ‘brave’ reporting in Dispatches documentary – but it raising ‘very serious questions’ for the TV station and industry

Channel 4’s chief executive Alex Mahon said Channel 4’s Dispatches – Russell Brand: In Plain Sight was a ‘brave and important piece of journalism’ adding that it is ‘one that raises very serious questions for Channel 4 and many others in our industry.’

In an email sent to staff and seen by the PA news agency, she wrote: ‘You already know that I think it is critical that we eradicate all inappropriate and offensive behaviour in our industry, and that we always have a fair and supportive Channel 4 culture.

‘People who work in our industry, and here at Channel 4, should be able to enjoy workplace cultures they can be proud of.’

She added: ‘While the allegations our team has helped unearth are deeply disturbing, I hope they can ultimately lead to further positive change in our industry, and I am committed to ensuring we are at the forefront of that change.’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geoff Pugh/REX/Shutterstock (12634153j) Alex Mahon, Chief Executive Officer of Channel 4. Alex Mahon photoshoot, London, UK - 02 Dec 2020

Russell Brand’s tour appears to be going ahead despite sexual assault and rape allegations

It is thought managers were locked in talks this morning about whether to go ahead with the sold-out show, with an announcement expected later today.

Met Police release statement on accusation of alleged sexual assault following reports about Russell Brand

The 48-year-old comedian and actor has been accused of rape, assault and emotional abuse between 2006 and 2013, when he was at the height of his fame working for the BBC, Channel 4 and starring in Hollywood films.

The Met said they have now received an allegation of sexual assault in Soho, central London, in 2003.

In a short statement, the force said: “On Sunday September 17, the Met received a report of a sexual assault which was alleged to have taken place in Soho in central London in 2003.

‘Officers are in contact with the woman and will be providing her with support.

‘We first spoke with The Sunday Times on Saturday September 16 and have since made further approaches to The Sunday Times and Channel 4 to ensure that anyone who believes they have been the victim of a sexual offence is aware of how to report this to the police.’

A MeToo moment in UK comedy erupted today in the midst of allegations against Russell Brand – as five more comics were named as potential ‘predators’.

They are among a so-called ‘blacklist’ drawn up by female comedians and shared on WhatsApp in an effort to keep them safe from being targeted.

Allegations made against them vary from stalking up to violence against women and sexually preying upon them.

MailOnline have not named them because it has not yet been possible to verify the claims.

Brand – who denies any illegality – was this weekend accused of rape and sexual assault between 2006 and 2013.

Breaking: Met Police receive report of alleged sexual assault in 2003 following Russell Brand reports

The Metropolitan Police have received a report of an alleged sexual assault in Soho in 2003 following news reports about comedian Russell Brand, the force said.

Danniella Westbrook sparked outrage on Monday after defending ‘kind and funny’ Russell Brand as he fights multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault and predatory behaviour, which he denies.

Westbrook was among a minority of supporters to publicly defend the father-of-two while commenting on a recent YouTube video in which he denies any wrongdoing.

Posting on Sunday, before the Dispatches expose aired at 9:00pm, she wrote: ‘Its disgusting what’s being said about you. Never in my life have I met a more helpful kind and funny person.

‘Because you speak the truth and question agendas of certain things doesn’t make you a target to be lied about . Wishing you the best we all know its lies. Sending love always mate.’

And Susanna, 52, asked her co-host if he had heard any rumblings of the former Big Brother host’s alleged behaviour – which has since been claimed was an ‘open secret’ within the industry – before the sit down.

Almost two decades ago Russell had appeared alongside Richard and his wife Judy Finnigan, 75, on their Channel 4 show promote his second memoir My Booky Wooky 2.

The allegations against Russell Brand are ‘very serious and concerning’, Downing Street said today – although No10 declined to call for the removal of the comedian’s online content.

The 48-year-old has been accused of rape, sexual assaults and emotional abuse during a seven-year period at the height of his fame.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak‘s official spokesman said this morning: ‘These are very serious and concerning allegations.

‘The Metropolitan Police has asked anyone who believes they have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward to speak to officers.’

A woman who claimed she was groomed by Russell Brand when she was 16 said the star’s management told him it ‘wasn’t a good look’ to date a 16-year-old girl – advising him to pretend she was his goddaughter or niece.

The woman – referred to as Alice to protect her identity – made claims she was in an ’emotionally abusive’ relationship with Brand, then 31 – adding that she ‘can’t imagine’ finding a teenager ‘sexually attractive’ now she is in her thirties.

Alice said she met Brand, then well known as a BBC radio presenter and host of Channel 4’s Big Brother’s Big Mouth, in 2006 on a shopping trip to London’s Leicester Square.

Russell Brand bragged about kissing Meghan Markle before her eventual marriage to Prince Harry – after the pair allegedly met on a Hollywood film set in 2009.

In a resurfaced clip from ITV‘s Loose Women in 2018, Brand claimed he had a brief encounter with the future Duchess of Sussex just a week before she was due to be married to Prince Harry.

The pair both featured in the 2010 film Get Him To The Greek – in which Brand played a drug-addled sexually promiscuous rockstar.

Russell Brand joked about raping a woman in a video deleted from YouTube in the past 24 hours, MailOnline can exclusively reveal today.

The interview was also removed from Soundcloud as scandal engulfed the star, who vehemently denies claims he abused women.

Brand, who is famous for his acerbic, highly-sexualised and crude comedy, was speaking to Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast in 2013 where he denied being an ‘extremist’ and was in fact a ‘mundane bloke… from a single parent family’ who became a ‘pretty comprehensive show-off’.

But Herring and the audience roared with laughter when the star broke the silence and said: ‘Oh I’ve raped someone once’ and ‘killed her after’.

The actress, 43, starred as the titular Sarah Marshall in the 2008 comedy film, while Russell, 48, played her boyfriend Aldous Snow.

During press for the film, which also stars Mila Kunis and Jason Segel, in 2008, Kirsten said: ‘He didn’t try to mess with me or get in my pants. He knew I would lop his n**s off.’

The bombshell rape and abuse allegations blighting Russell Brand have made headlines far beyond British shores as international media speculate on the claims brought against the comedian, actor and political commentator.

German media have taken a particular interest in the Brand saga, with Welt penning an article questioning whether the now-prominent YouTuber is an ‘abominable predator’ – or was simply living through an ‘age of promiscuity’.

Meanwhile German tabloid Bild were eager to publish images of Brand leaving his latest gig at Wembley on Saturday hours after the allegations were made and emblazoned them with the headline: ‘Here Russell Brand sneaks away’.

No10 will not urge broadcasters and streaming platforms like YouTube and Netflix to remove Russell Brand’s content

Downing Street has declined to urge broadcasters and streaming platforms such as YouTube and Netflix to take down Russell Brand’s content.

No10 said that the broadcasters needed to make their own decisions and that the PM was not going to ‘dictate’ their actions.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘It’s a decision for all broadcasters to consider the right approach in light of these very serious allegations. They are deeply concerning, they need to be investigated.

‘But I’m not going to dictate the actions of broadcasters or streaming services.’

Culture Secretary set to speak to broadcasters about Brand investigations

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer is expected to be speak to broadcasters about their investigations into Russell Brand at the next opportunity.

It was understood she will seek assurance that their investigations into allegations made against the comedian will be conducted thoroughly and transparently.

Government urges BBC and Channel 4 to be ‘transparent’ about Russell Brand investigation results

Downing Street has urged the BBC and Channel 4 to set out the results of their investigations into Russell Brand ‘transparently’.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘It’s right that this is looked into and I think both of the broadcasters have said they would investigate and that is the right step.

‘I’m not going to prejudge that, it will be for them to set out what they find and do so transparently.’

Downing Street says allegations against Brand ‘very serious and concerning’

Downing Street has described the sexual assault allegations against Russell

Brand as ‘very serious and concerning’.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘These are very serious and concerning allegations.

‘The Met Police has asked anyone who believes they have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward to speak to officers.

‘As the Foreign Secretary said over the weekend, people should feel able to raise concerns where they have them and know they will be treated seriously and treated with sensitivity.

‘The Prime Minister has been clear there should never be any space for harassment, regardless of where it is found.’

Russell Brand claimed his ‘bosses enabled him to be a nutter’ at the height of his success ‘as long as they made money’ in a resurfaced interview with Lorraine Kelly.

During Monday’s episode of Lorraine, the host, 63, recounted her ‘many interviews’ with the disgraced comedian, 48, and shared a snippet from his 2017 appearance.

Lorraine interviewed the journalist behind The Times’ expose before showing the clip, in which Russell claims he was ‘enabled’ by those making money out of him.

Russell Brand’s village pub ‘goes into lockdown’ and is sealed off with security fencing in wake of rape and sexual assault scandal

Russell Brand‘s village pub has ‘gone into lockdown‘ as it is sealed by security fencing in the wake of his rape and sexual assault allegations.

Locals claim the hessian-coated barriers were put up around the grade-II listed pub this morning, with three security guards outside and as many as six men inside.

Brand bought the Crown Inn in Pishill, near to his plush home in Henley-on-Thames, in December 2021, where it has been temporarily closed ever since.

It comes after accusations published in The Sunday Times and on Channel 4‘s Dispatches saw multiple women accusing him of abusive and predatory behaviour, including rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse, between 2006 and 2013.

Dannii Minogue labels Russell Brand a ‘vile predator’ who ‘wouldn’t take no for an answer’ in resurfaced interview

Australian popstar Dannii Minogue labelled disgraced comedian Russell Brand a ‘vile predator’ who ‘wouldn’t take no for an answer’ nearly 20 years before a bombshell exposé alleged he had assaulted multiple women throughout his life.

Brand was accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by four women during the peak of his fame, following a joint investigation by the Times, the Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.

Four women told the news organisations that Brand had assaulted, abused and controlled them individually at different points of his career, allegations that Brand has denied.

But nearly 20 years before these allegations came out, Dannii Minogue seemed to be saying similar things about the comedian.

Female comedians warned one another about Russell Brand’s alleged lewd behaviour

Female comics had warned one another about Russell Brand‘s lewd behaviour, with one saying it was the ‘worst kept secret in comedy’.

The industry, for decades dominated by men, is described as a ‘horrifically difficult place to be as a woman.’

Comedian Katherine Ryan told Louis Theroux last year there was an ‘open secret’ that a male comic was a predator. She told how she had confronted the man, but he had ‘very good lawyers’.

Ms Ryan, 39, also prompted a guessing game last May after discussing the presence of an abuser working in TV with fellow comedian Sara Pascoe on her Amazon Prime show Backstage With Katherine Ryan. The Canadian star said: ‘I’ve done a show with a person you and I believe is a predator.’

‘You completely broke me down’: Russell Brand accuser reveals the letter she wrote to the comedian after he allegedly raped her against a wall in his Los Angeles home

A woman who alleges she was raped by Russell Brand against a wall in his Los Angeles home wrote a letter to the comedian telling him: ‘You completely broke me down’.

The businesswoman, who The Times have called Nadia to protect her identity, told the publication she has spoken out after being enraged he has cultivated a new image as a wellness influencer when ‘I know the demon underneath.’

Nadia, who alleges Brand raped her without a condom when she went to his LA home in July 2012, said she wrote the star a letter to him after contemplating, and ultimately deciding against, criminal or civil proceedings.

More women come forward to accuse Russell Brand after sex allegations as BBC launches ‘urgent’ probe

After Russell Brand was hit with accusations of rape and sexual assault, more women have come forward with allegations about how he has treated them, it has emerged.

The Times and Sunday Times claim ‘several women’ have come forward with undisclosed allegations about Brand’s behaviour during the early 2000s in wake of their joint investigation with Channel 4 which was published on Saturday.

The latest allegations – which the newspaper says have not been investigated, but will now be ‘rigorously checked’ – follow accusations from four women, including one who claims she was sexually assaulted by Brand during a three-month relationship with him when she was 16 and still at school.

The BBC is now also facing ‘urgent questions’ after it was claimed that Brand, 48, used his company-provided car service to pick the girl up from school.

Russell Brand’s father, 80, furiously defends his son against rape and sex assault allegations

Russell Brand‘s father today defended his son against claims he abused women for years, calling them ‘unproven’ and declaring: ‘Is this seriously the most important thing happening in this world?’.

Ron Brand, 80, is the man the star credits for super-charging his ‘rapacious’ sex addiction after he lost his virginity to a prostitute paid for by his father who was sleeping with two more women in a neighbouring bed in Hong Kong.

Brand Sr has today hit out at ‘unproven’ allegations about his son, and suggested that dark forces including the BBC are pursuing a ‘vendetta’ against him, as more women came forward to accuse him of abuse.

He said: ‘Is this seriously the most important thing happening in this world? Immigrants? Cost of living? 10s of thousands killed in Ukraine? Who is prioritising at BBC News. Who is really driving this vendetta?’.

He added: ‘With many struggling to pay bills. The unproven accusations of 15 years ago take lead on BBC News?’.

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