Russell Brand is struggling financially after being accused of raping and sexually assaulting four women, including a 16-year-old, and has requested his followers to convert their emotional support into cash support. The 48-year-old scandal-plagued actor pleaded with his fans to pay $60 a year to become paying members of Rumble, a video app that competes with YouTube and is explicitly committed to free expression.
A few hours prior, the London Metropolitan Police had begun a thorough investigation into “a number of allegations of sexual offenses” against Brand, who has strenuously denied them. The comedian asserts that it is simply a plot to suppress him and other “independent media voices.”
“You now know that I have been demonetized on YouTube, fully well aware that the government wrote to social media platforms to demand that I be further censored,”he stated on Rumble on Monday night, alluding to the platform’s decision to revoke his earning potential in response to the accusations leveled against him. The global media war against free speech is in full swing, how do I know? Take a guess,” he continued.
He added, “Today, of course, we’re talking about events of the last week but, in particular, the collusion between big tech and government and an apparent concerted effort by legacy media and now the state and big tech to silence independent media voices. Obviously, it’s difficult for me to be entirely objective given the events of the past week but that’s what we’ll try to do. What we appear to be looking at here are a set of collaborating institutions that have an agenda, and pursue that agenda, even when in pursuing it they have to bypass, obstruct, or absolutely ignoring existing judicial or regulatory bodies by moving straight to punitive measures.”
The Metropolitan Police, which is housed at Scotland Yard, declared on Monday that a police investigation into the accusations against Brand in London and the rest of the UK has begun.The allegations, according to the Met Police, are all old, and Brand, who adamantly insists he is innocent, has not been put on any sort of charge.The police department said in a statement to the Post, “Following an investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches and The Sunday Times, the Met has received a number of allegations of sexual offenses in London. We have also received a number of allegations of sexual offenses committed elsewhere in the country and will investigate these.”