A comedian and writer who worked with Russell Brand said the embattled star had a “reputation” for reacting badly if women refused to sleep with him.
A joint survey published on September 16 by Channel 4, The Sunday Times and The times Brand, 48, is alleged to have raped, sexually harassed and abused four women between 2006 and 2013. Brand has vehemently denied the allegations.
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Cole Parker appeared on the BBC Newsnight on Friday (September 22) to talk about Let the Greek take him star.
The BBC said Parker worked with Brand between 2000 and 2002. His biography on the Top Secret Comedy Club website says he has written for Brand, among other famous comedians such as Jimmy Carr.
“A lot of modeling agents would sit down and tell their models…warn them about him, things like people come over to his house and fool around and then if they didn't want to go all the way, he had a reputation that sometimes you get angry or kind of mean if people weren't sleeping with him the first time,” Parker claimed.
“And given the fact that he was a famous, very handsome man, very funny, it didn't really need to work that way. There would be plenty of people who would be happy to engage in fellowship with him, he didn't need to go with people who were unwilling to do so.'
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In the wake of the allegations, the BBC and Channel 4 have pledged to investigate the claims against him. The Metropolitan Police encouraged potential victims to come forward after the star was charged with rape in a joint media investigation.
In a video released before the reports were published, Brand described the allegations as “a litany of extremely blatant and aggressive attacks” against him.
“These allegations are about the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was constantly in the papers, [and] when I was in the movies,” he said.
“As I have written extensively in my books, I was very, very messy. Now, during that period of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual.”
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