A woman has accused comedian Russell Brand of sexual assault on a film set

A woman has accused comedian Russell Brand of sexual assault on a film set

An actor who accuses actor and comedian Russell Brand of sexually assaulting her while on the set of the 2011 comedy film “Arthur” has stated that she felt “used and abused” by him. In a lawsuit filed in New York state on Friday, the woman, who remains unnamed, alleges that Brand exposed himself to her in the presence of some cast and crew members of the film, which was shot in New York City.

She further claims that Brand entered the restroom where she was and assaulted her later that same day while a production crew member guarded the door from the outside.

“I felt used and abused,” she shared with the Sunday Times. “Disgusting is the only word. I felt like I was being used, that I was just an object for his momentary titillation.”

The woman emphasized the significant power imbalance in the film industry, especially between leading stars and those with smaller roles or extras. She expressed that on film sets, people often turn a blind eye to inappropriate behavior.

“If I had come forward and said something to, say, even a production assistant on the set, what are they going to do? Are they going to fire Russell Brand or are they going to fire me?” she questioned.

This legal case follows a series of allegations against the 48-year-old performer by several women, accusing him of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior, with some claims dating back two decades. Brand has denied accusations made by four women in an investigation conducted by the Sunday Times, the Times, and Channel 4’s Dispatches, asserting that his relationships were always consensual. As of now, he has not responded to the lawsuit filed in New York.

Warner Bros Pictures, the distributor of the film “Arthur,” has been named as a defendant in the lawsuit, along with other companies involved in the film’s production. They are accused of negligence and of aiding and abetting Russell Brand by tolerating his misconduct on the film set.

The lawsuit alleges that Brand was intoxicated during the film’s production and exposed his genitals to the woman while sitting at a table and staring at her. This incident occurred “openly and obviously in the presence of everyone on set,” including film studio employees who allegedly treated his behavior as acceptable.

The woman further claims that Brand followed her into a restroom, where he once again exposed himself, then forcibly pushed her into a stall and compelled her to perform oral sex on him.

 

Russell Brand accused of?

In an affidavit, the woman, identified as Jane Doe, alleges that Russell Brand, the actor and comedian, appeared intoxicated, smelled of alcohol, and was carrying a bottle of vodka on the film set of “Arthur” on 7 July 2010. She claims that Brand exposed himself to her in full view of the cast and crew on that day. Later, she alleges that he entered the bathroom after her and assaulted her while a member of the production crew guarded the door from the outside.

The lawsuit names film studio Warner Bros Pictures and other companies involved in the production as defendants. Jane Doe claims that, as a result of the alleged abuse, she experiences extreme embarrassment, shame, fear, and difficulty trusting others. She also expresses professional concerns, as she continues to work as an actor, fearing potential blacklisting in the industry. She is seeking unspecified damages from Russell Brand.

Jane Doe is reported to fear harassment from Brand’s followers if her identity is revealed. The case has been filed under the Adult Survivor’s Act, a New York law that allows alleged victims of sexual offenses for which the statute of limitations has passed to file civil suits during a specific one-year period. This period in her case runs from 24 November 2022 to 24 November 2023.

The allegations against Russell Brand first emerged in a joint investigation by the Sunday Times, Times, and Channel 4’s Dispatches, in which four women accused him of sexual assault that occurred in the UK and Los Angeles between 2006 and 2013, during his tenure in high-profile roles at BBC Radio 2, Channel 4, and as a Hollywood actor. Both the Metropolitan Police and Thames Valley Police have initiated investigations in response to these allegations.

A day before the media investigation was published online, Russell Brand released a video denying the allegations. In the video, he denied the “serious criminal allegations” and asserted that his relationships were always consensual.

A claimant in a sexual assault case involving Russell Brand has expressed feeling “used and abused” on a film set. The case raises concerns about workplace safety and highlights the ongoing discussions about consent and respectful behavior in the entertainment industry.