Woman Describes Alleged Disturbing Encounter With Russell Brand

Says the comedian exposed himself to her, then joked about it on radio show
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2023 2:28 AM CDT
Woman: Russell Brand Exposed Himself, Joked About It on Radio
Russell Brand leaves the Troubabour Wembley Park theater in northwest London after performing a comedy set on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.   (James Manning/PA via AP)

In the wake of sexual assault accusations against Russell Brand, a woman is describing a disturbing encounter she says she had with the comedian in 2008. While working in Los Angeles at a media company housed in a building also used by the BBC for its LA office, she says she was squatting to search through a medicine cabinet in a bathroom, looking for sinus medication, when she felt someone behind her, turned around, and came face-to-face with Brand's crotch. She tells the BBC that Brand told her he was going to have sex with her, using vulgar language, and that when she said no, he pulled out his penis and "pretty much served it to me as you would be serving someone some food." She is not among the four women who came forward to accuse Brand, who has been experiencing quite a bit of fallout, of sexual abuse.

She says she felt trapped in the bathroom, but that Brand left after someone from his team knocked on the door looking for him. Immediately afterward, she says, the comedian joked about the encounter on his BBC radio show. In the episode, Brand can be heard laughing as his co-presenter said the comedian had just "showed his willy to a lady." That co-presenter says, "I was not aware until now of the nature of this encounter. I have expressed my regret now looking back at the impact of the show, and this is a further example." The woman says she expected someone from the BBC to reach out as the story made the rounds, but no one ever did, even after someone made a formal report to BBC management in 2019 after hearing the tale. The BBC says it is now investigating the claim, and expresses regret the episode was allowed to air, the Guardian reports. (Read more Russell Brand stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.