youtube has suspended monetization in russell brandthe channels amid accusations of rape and sexual assault. Although Brand’s channels remain on YouTube, the Google-owned company has suspended advertising on the comedian’s videos.
“If a creator’s off-platform behavior harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action,” a YouTube spokesperson told UK media on Tuesday, according to Variety and THR. The company added that Brand had violated YouTube’s “creator responsibility policy.”
The author and comedian turned wellness guru and podcast host is in the news because of a Times investigation published on Saturday, which focused on four women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault between 2008 and 2013. The allegations against Brand were also featured in an episode of the Channel 4 investigative programme. Dispatches which aired on Saturday night in the UK
The report has caused Brand’s agency to leave him and UK police to appeal to other potential victims come forward. In addition to being fired by his agency, Brand’s UK publisher, Bluebird, decided to pause all book releases related to Brand, including his upcoming book, Recovery: the workbookwhose publication was scheduled for December).
Before the article was published and the episode premiered, Brand turned to social media on Friday to publish a video in which he preemptively defends himself against the upcoming “extremely atrocious and aggressive attacks” that he “absolutely refutes.”
“These accusations refer to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies. And as I’ve written extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous,” Brand said in the video.
The allegations cover a seven-year period, from 2006 to 2013, during which time Brand was married to the singer. Katy Perry from 2010 to 2012.
Perry’s comments about the dissolution of her marriage recently resurfaced, with Perry describing her ex-husband as “very controlling.”
“At first, when I met him, he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men want an equal, but then they get it and they say, ‘I can’t stand equality.’ He didn’t like the atmosphere where I was the boss on the tour. So that was really painful and very controlling, which was disturbing,” Perry said. Fashion in 2013.
“I felt a lot of responsibility for the ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can’t necessarily reveal because I keep it locked in my safe for rainy days,” she continued. “I let go and thought: This is not my fault; This beats me”.