Russell Brand has denied allegations that he says will be published by the mainstream media.
The British comedian, 48, took to his YouTube channel late on Friday September 15 to tell his fans that there are "some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute," and insisted that past romantic relationships had always been consensual.
"Now this isn't the usual type of video we make on this channel where we critique, attack and undermine the news in all its corruption because in this story, I am the news," he began. "I've received two extremely disturbing letters… amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque, attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute."
"These allegations pertain 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. As I've written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous. Now, during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual," he continued.
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Russell denied all the accusations that have yet to have been made public "I was always transparent about that then – almost too transparent – and I'm being transparent about it now as well. And to see that transparency metastasized into something criminal, that I absolutely deny, makes me question: Is there another agenda at play? It feels to me like there's a serious and concerted agenda to control these kinds of spaces and these kinds of voices."
"I don't mind them using my books and my stand-up to talk about my promiscuous consensual conduct in the past. What I seriously refute are these very, very serious criminal allegations."
He went on to claim that there are "witnesses whose evidence directly contradicts the narratives that these two mainstream media outlets are trying to construct," and concluded that "because of the serious nature of the allegations," he would not share any further details but that he would be looking into the matter because "it's very, very serious".