PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Will this clip from Brand’s own show be what finally sinks him? Comedian admitted exposing himself to a woman in a BBC building in Los Angeles
Responding to the accusations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse made by four anonymous women in Channel 4’s Dispatches and The Times and Sunday Times, Russell Brand admitted he was ‘very promiscuous’ at the time.
But he insisted the allegations of these ‘extremely egregious and aggressive attacks’ were untrue because the sexual relationships he had were ‘absolutely, always consensual’.
Yet it would appear that Brand’s appalling behaviour was not always consensual.
Because on Thursday night it emerged that he had admitted exposing himself to a woman in a BBC building in Los Angeles.
The woman, known as Olivia, worked in a company that shared offices with the BBC.
She claims she went to the bathroom to get some medication only to discover that Brand was standing behind her.
Responding to the accusations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse made by four anonymous women in Channel 4 ‘s Dispatches and The Times and Sunday Times, Russell Brand admitted he was ‘very promiscuous’ at the time
She alleges he said: ‘Oh, I think you’re a bit of all right . . . I’m gonna f*** you.’
She replied: ‘No you’re not.’
Then, she alleges, Brand pulled out his privates ‘and served it to me as you would serve someone some food’. The door was shut, she felt trapped and frightened. He left when his colleagues knocked at the door.
She texted a BBC worker about the incident and was told Brand was already bragging about it in the studio. He then went on to record a 35-second exchange with co-host Matt Morgan saying to Brand: ‘It’s been 25 minutes since he showed his willy to a lady.’
A laughing Brand replies: ‘Very easy to judge! Very easy to judge!’
Morgan ends by saying: ‘He got told off ringing a bell, minutes later he’s showing off his willy,’ accompanied by Brand’s laughter.
The pre-recorded item went out on the BBC in June 2008.
Olivia found the original clip on the show and gave it to Sky. It is now all over social media.
Is this proof, aired on his own radio show, that Brand exposed himself to her? That there was nothing conceivably ‘consensual’ about Brand pulling out his wares after blocking her in a lavatory saying he wanted to f*** her?
Could it be the BBC radio clip that finally sinks Russell Brand?
Amazon in U-turn
Barely nine months since Jeremy Clarkson was universally condemned for his horrid Meghan Markle column — including by Amazon which considered cancelling him — Clarkson’s Farm has become the only streamed TV programme to make it into the top 40 most watched shows of the past year.
A huge hit, with 4.6 million tuning in to watch Series Two, for, er, streaming giant Amazon Prime Video.
Prada’s little black mess
Fashionistas are beyond excited over Prada’s latest offering, the Little Black Dress . . . so original it was first created by Coco Chanel in 1926.
Yet the unflattering, cross-boob, armpit exposing, too-short crumpled LBD worn for the Prada show in Milan by the normally intoxicatingly curvy Scarlett Johansson made her look more like an Olympic shot-putter. As Coco might say, sacré bleu!
Scarlett Johansson attends the Prada fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week
Former American vice president Al Gore attacks Rishi’s new green policies as ‘shocking’, accusing him of taking the wrong decision on climate change.
Well, we will take no lectures from American eco warriors when the UK has cut its carbon emissions by 50 per cent . . . and the U.S. by zero!
Sharon has to weight!
Gaunt-looking Sharon Osbourne is not the only one horrified by her two stone weight loss on new slimming drug Ozempic. Fans are shocked too. ‘I didn’t want to get this thin!’ she cried.
The only good news for Sharon is that half the people on the drug put all the weight back on within six months of coming off it.
Gaunt-looking Sharon Osbourne is not the only one horrified by her two stone weight loss on new slimming drug Ozempic
A bit rich of life peer Zac Goldsmith to decry the PM’s new net zero policies — which lower costs for ordinary folk — as ‘reprehensible’.
The multi-millionaire has never had to worry about the price of a new car, an energy bill or a new boiler in his life.
The shining star of the King and Queen’s state visit to Paris was Camilla. She was radiant. Don’t take my word for it. The Sydney Morning Herald, read by republican agitating Aussies, concluded: ‘Queen Camilla’s quiet chic conquers Paris.’
Inmate Daniel Khalife, who allegedly escaped from Wandsworth jail by tying himself under a van only to be apprehended three days later on a bike, pleads not guilty.
It proves one thing — the lag has a sense of humour.
The Prime Minister’s decision to stop the ‘unacceptable costs’ on families of net zero produced two absurdly hyperbolic responses: ‘With his party in trouble, the planet never stood a chance’, and Rishi ‘sold his soul for the chance of remaining in office.’
No prizes for guessing they were published in the Guardian.
Keir Starmer was in France for a love-in with President Macron as details leaked of his secret plans to ‘reverse Brexit’ and for the UK to rejoin the EU as an ‘associate member’.
Starmer thinks Brexit bashing will win him the election — 17.4 million Brits who voted for it may disagree.
Don’t be fooled by Becks’ specs
Laugh-out-loud moment must be a ‘very serious’ David Beckham affecting a scholarly pose to promote his new range of specs.
He is staring deeply into a battered old leather-bound tome — trying to look as though he can actually read.
David Beckham wears his latest creations to promote his new range of specs
Former top BBC executive Katy Searle asks of Newsnight: ‘Is it really the right thing to spend £13 million on a programme that is only watched by 300,000?’
To which we licence fee payers might add: ‘Is it right that we pay Newsnight’s part-time presenters Kirsty Wark, Victoria Derbyshire and Faisal Islam three-quarters of a million between them to produce the most excruciatingly woke political show on the BBC?
Much controversy as Braun uses a trans model — with surgical scars from breast removal — in an ad for a men’s trimmer. Surely far more outrageous is the ad for Dove Men+Care currently showing during footy games promoting men’s health.
It promises its deodorant ‘guarantees 72 hours of sweat and odour protection’. What? No shower for three days? An ad that really doesn’t pass the sniff test.
Amy is Strictly courageous
Halfway through chemotherapy for breast cancer — and with her blonde hair shed on her pillow each morning — Strictly’s Amy Dowden posts a video of friends and family shaving her head with the promise: ‘I’m now focusing not on the hair I’m losing but the hair I’m going to get back.’
And your army of fans will be cheering you every quick step of the way, Amy.
For anyone wanting to be cheered up, watch Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins on Channel 4 where discredited former Health Secretary, now reality TV star, Matt Hancock is humiliated and beaten to smithereens in a Vietnamese jungle.
The torrential rain makes soppy Matt look even soggier than normal. It’s free to watch, but I’d pay good money to see it, on a loop.
With £44.99 Barbie and Ken ‘movie dolls’ flying off toy shop shelves and the film available online for £19.99, enough pink hysteria already! I’m not alone in swearing I’ll never watch this silly, faux female-emancipation film, nor let anyone who has come to my Monday night movie club.
Time for a #NotMeToo Barbie movement that stops gullible girls being lured into the woke world of plastic role models.
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