The Metropolitan Police has responded to allegations against Russell Brand, saying it encourages victims of sexual assault to contact the force.
Four women have accused Brand of sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013 while the comedian was at the height of his fame, in a joint investigation by The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
He denies all the allegations against him.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “We are aware of media reporting of a series of allegations of sexual assault. At this time, we have not received any reports in relation to this.
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“If anyone believes they have been the victim of a sexual assault, no matter how long ago it happened, we would encourage them to contact police.
“We spoke with The Sunday Times on Saturday 16 September. We will be making further approaches to The Sunday Times and Channel 4 to ensure that any victims of crime who they have spoken with are aware of how they may report any criminal allegations to police.”
It comes as:
• Brand performed at a comedy show in London on Saturday
• BBC said it was “urgently looking into the issues raised”
• Production company Banijay promised an “urgent investigation”
• Elon Musk and Andrew Tate reacted to the allegations against Brand
• The UK foreign secretary called for quicker responses to such claims
• A parliamentary committee said it would “closely monitor” the issue
• Amnesty International said claims were “shocking” but it received no complaints
The Met’s statement came after the BBC said it was “urgently looking into the issues raised” about Brand – with production company Banijay UK also promising an “urgent investigation”.
When asked if it would launch its own probe, the BBC said in a statement: “The documentary and associated reports contained serious allegations, spanning a number of years.
“Russell Brand worked on BBC radio programmes between 2006 and 2008 and we are urgently looking into the issues raised.”
The charity Trevi Women, which supports mothers recovering from drug addiction, also announced on Saturday it was cutting ties with Brand.
Brand performed at a comedy show in London on Friday evening after the allegations came out, telling fans he loved them but that there were “certain things” he “could not discuss”.
Elon Musk and Andrew Tate were among those to react to the claims on social media this weekend, with posts appearing to support the 48-year-old comic.
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