Michael Barrymore appears to support Russell Brand as actor denies allegations

Russell Brand denies ‘serious allegations’ of Dispatches investigation

Ahead of Channel 4’s Dispatches documentary release, based on the accusations made by four women against the comedian, Russell released a lengthy video in which he denied any wrongdoing.

Of his “promiscuous” heyday, he said: “Now during that time of promiscuity the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that then, almost too transparent, and I am being transparent about it now as well.

“To see that transparency metastasised into something criminal, that I absolutely deny, makes me question: is there another agenda at play?”

Brand claimed the “very serious allegations” have come amid “a litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks”.

He also claimed the allegations were a “coordinated attack” and an “agenda to control his voice” after being characterised as a “conspiracy theorist”.

Michael reacted to Brand’s video shared on social media, writing: “This is what they do.”

The 71-year-old’s tweet was published before the allegations were made public in the Channel 4 documentary and via The Times.

He has not said anything publicly about Russell or the allegations since. Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for comment.

In the wake of the comedian being accused of the crimes, some have spoken out to defend him.

GB News presenter Bev Turner came under heavy criticism after she shared a post branding Russell a hero.

She wrote: “You are being attacked @rustyrockets. Establishment media don’t know what to do with the fact that you have 6 million subscribers & generate autonomous, knowing and original content.

‘You are welcome on my @GBNEWS show anytime. We are mainstream media. But we are not Establishment media. There’s a difference. Keep going. This proves you are winning. You’re a hero.”

Twitter/X owner Elon Musk replied to Brand’s video on Friday, writing: “Of course. They don’t like competition.”

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He later wrote: “I support Russell Brand. That man is not evil.”

Following the allegations against Russell, YouTube has suspended his channels from making money from adverts.

His remaining tour dates have also been postponed after the Metropolitan Police received a report of an alleged sexual assault which took place in 2003 after the documentary was aired.

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