Russell Brand joked to Kelly Brook about sending him pictures of her as a teenager and her ‘sexual charisma’ in flirty interview as footage resurfaces of the model warning a MTV presenter to ‘stay away’ from the comic
Russell Brand joked with Kelly Brook about sending him pictures of herself as a child when he interviewed her on MTV.
The comedian, 48, was speaking to the 43-year-old model, then 27, about her movie Survival Island in 2006, during which time he joked about her ‘sexual charisma’ and that she should be dating him rather than her then-boyfriend Billy Zane.
The video have resurfaced following allegations of abusive and predatory behaviour including rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse said to have been committed by the presenter between 2006 and 2013. Allegations which he denies.
In the resurfaced clip, Brand began the interview by asking to shake Brook’s hand as she goes in for a kiss on the cheek, noting: ‘That’s what we do in Europe isn’t it?’
Brand quips in response: ‘I don’t, I feel too self conscious and insecure about it. It crossed my mind, obviously she’s dead good looking and that, I’m going to deliberately shake her hand at arm’s length, so she doesn’t at any point think “I could destroy him with my sexual charisma”, what I’m going to do is act like I’m not bothered, I might even act a bit gay!’
Interview: Russell Brand joked with Kelly Brook about sending him pictures of herself and spoke about her ‘sexual charisma’ when he interviewed her on MTV in 2006
Talk then turned to Brook’s love life, with Brand remarking on the 14 year age gap between her and actor Zane.
He joked: ‘Old Zaney, your old man. I don’t mean that to be disrespectful but you probably should go out with someone your own age like me!’
Brand commented on the fact that Zane bore a resemblance to her former boyfriend Jason Statham and asked what her father looked like and how he treated her.
As Brook remarked: ‘My dad was very protective, if you could see pictures of me as a 15/16 year old…’ Brand interjected: ‘Yeah that would be alright, send them!’
The comedian went on to ask Brook about her sex life and when she confessed ‘yes I have a lot of sex and yes it keeps me fit’, Brand replied: ‘You do look like someone who is having it off, it keeps you all bright and bubbly!’
Eight years after the interview, Brook was interviewed by budding MTV presenter Becca Dudley, who asked the model for ‘tips’ on working in the industry.
Brook was quick to respond: ‘Stay away from Russell Brand! No, he was a bit later than me.
‘Just have fun. make the most of the freebies, go to all the festivals, stay away from rock stars.’
MailOnline has contacted Brand and Brook’s representatives for comment.
Brand has faced backlash after The Sunday Times and Channel 4‘s Dispatches reported claims of sexual assault.
On Tuesday, YouTube stopped Brand from being able to earn any money through his channel for ‘violating our Creator Responsibility policy’.
The comic produces around five videos a week for his 6.6million subscribers, earning him an estimated £1million a year.
Under the terms of his suspension he will still be allowed to post videos on the platform but will not receive any of the advertising revenue.
YouTube said in a statement: ‘If a creator’s off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community.’
The news comes after the remaining shows of Brand’s Bipolarisation tour were postponed and the Metropolitan Police said they had received a report of an alleged sexual assault in the wake of media allegations about the comedian and actor.
Brand ‘absolutely denies’ the allegations and insists all his relationships have been consensual.
As Brook remarked: ‘My dad was very protective, if you could see pictures of me as a 15/16 year old…’ Brand interjected: ‘Yeah that would be alright, send them!’
Warning: Eight years after the interview, Brook told budding MTV presenter Becca Dudley to ‘stay away from Russell Brand’ after she was asked for ‘tips’ on working in the industry
Ban: On Tuesday, YouTube ‘topped Brand from being able to earn any money through his channel for ‘violating our Creator Responsibility policy’
Online presence: The clips regularly touch on conspiracy theories, including the idea that the pandemic, the Ukraine war and climate change distract from the activities of the global elite
The scandal has already seen Channel 4 remove all programmes linked to Brand on its website, including episodes of The Great British Bake Off and Big Brother’s Big Mouth in which he was featured. Brand’s PR firm MBC PR and talent agent Tavistock Wood no longer advertise him as a client, and his publisher has suspended their relationship.
Netflix has now been urged to remove his comedy special, Re:Birth, from its catalogue.
Brand’s YouTube account has been suspended from YouTube’s Partner Programme ‘following serious allegations against the creator’, meaning the channel is no longer able to make money from advertising on the platform.
The statement added: ‘This decision applies to all channels that may be owned or operated by Russell Brand.’
Other channels associated with his main YouTube page include Football Is Nice, which has some 20,000 subscribers, Awakening With Russell, which has 426,000 subscribers, and Stay Free With Russell Brand, which has 22,200 subscribers.
YouTube added that suspending a creator from the YouTube Partner Programme means they are ‘prohibited from using a new or alternate channel to circumvent our enforcement decision’.
Brand still has a presence on video platform Rumble, where his channel has 1.4 million followers and he hosts a weekly live show at 5pm BST, but there was no new episode on Monday.
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His most video on Rumble is the short clip from Friday when he denied the allegations against him which were published the following day.
The Rumble channel description reads: ‘Everybody knows that the old ideas won’t help us. Religion is dead. Capitalism is dead. Communism is dead. Where will the answers of the next century lie? Particularly, when we’re facing a mental health epidemic and ecological meltdown.’
Critics claim Brand has ‘set up a cult’ online to back him since the birth of the Me Too movement in 2017 by giving a platform to conspiracy theories including the idea that the pandemic, the Ukraine war and climate change distract from the activities of the global elite.
The comic has received support online from the likes of Andrew Tate and Elon Musk and his fans were out in force at a gig in Wembley on Saturday to show their backing.
Far-right radio host a Alex Jones, who owes $1.5billion in damages to the families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, said: ‘The matrix is coming after Russell Brand, anybody that challenges the globalists, anybody that challenges Big Pharma, anybody that’s popular, that comes out against the establishment… is going to be accused of assaulting women. Now, because he comes out against the New World Order, suddenly the allegations are happening to him’.
One fan said after allegations he abused women: ‘Somewhere along the way Russell Brand woke up and became a powerful dissenting voice who no longer served their agenda. No wonder they are desperate to destroy him’.
PR guru Mark Borkowski believes Brand has built a ‘cult following’ online who may be willing to back him despite the ‘horrendous’ accusations about his treatment of women.
Comedian Rosie Holt said: ‘I guess the lesson is kids, if sexual misconduct rumours have been swimming about you for ages, set up a cult on YouTube to support you when the allegations become public’.
One American writer said: ‘Russell Brand has known this day was coming for him since October 2017.
‘Since then, he’s strategically cultivated and groomed a new mentally-malleable cult following that distrusts both women and the media so he can continue getting high on his other drug of choice — the spotlight’.
The investigation by Channel 4, The Times and Sunday Times began four years ago. Around the same time he stepped back from much of his TV and movie work.
His net worth has been estimated between £15million and £40million – with YouTube experts claiming he makes $61,000-a-month from YouTube plus another $100k-a-month from merchandise and paid subscriptions to his podcast.
He lives with his wife Laura Gallacher in their £3million riverside home in Henley, Oxfordshire.
PR experts have said that this army of fans means that he will never be cancelled.
Mark Borkowski believes that the comedian, who has been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by multiple women, has declared war on the mainstream media.
He said: ‘The crimes he’s been accused of are horrendous, and are damaging for him and for the people who were looking after him at the time’.
Family: Brand pictured with his wife Laura Gallacher shortly before the allegations against him emerged
Popular: Brand’s subscription and video views on YouTube have exploded since 2017
Removed: Brand is pictured hosting Big Brother’s Little Brother in May 2006 – which is one of the shows Channel 4 has removed from its website containing the comedian
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The PR guru said some of his fanbase will stay intact thanks to the ‘unfettered unregulated world of social media’ – and raises serious questions for the BBC and Channel 4.
He added that the comedian’s denial of the accusations was reminiscent of how Donald Trump deals with accusations of improper behaviour.
Mr Borkowski said: ‘I think there will be a profound amount of people who will stand by him. Normally with allegations like this your career would be over, but not in this case, which is interesting.
‘He’s a great content generator. He didn’t get to the top of his profession because he’s mediocre. He has the power to bewitch his audience.’
Brand was accused of attacking four women between 2006 and 2013 when he was working a presenter for BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4 and later as an actor in Hollywood. Other women have made a range of accusations about controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour.
Mr Borkowski said: ‘It throws up questions against someone who has been allowed a certain amount of power because of his talent and his meteoric rise.
‘It questions Russell Brand but also those in governance in TV. There will be a lot of people looking at themselves this morning – those people in power today won’t be the same ones in power that presided over this.’
Brand has since been dropped by a women’s charity he was working with, while TV production companies and channels have launched probes into his alleged behaviour.
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Mr Borkowski added: ‘There’s a question whether he’s going to face police action, but the question at the moment is of social media – the man isn’t going to get a fair trial when the police have the evidence to prosecute him.
‘More people may come forward, other people might see an opportunity. It’s a very complex case, mixed between old media and social media’.
A joint investigation by The Times, Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches includes allegations Brand assaulted one of the women when she was a 16-year-old schoolgirl and another woman has claimed he raped her against a wall in his home in Los Angeles.
The Times reports several other women have since come forward with fresh claims about Brand.
One woman, using the fake name Lisa, told the paper the comedian had sung about the Soham killer Ian Huntley during a consensual sexual encounter in 2008.
She said: ‘He started talking about Ian Huntley, the paedophile and child killer, and mentioned it quite a few times, like in a joking way, but also made up a whole song about it.
‘I just couldn’t understand why you would be able to have sex and talk about a child killer at the same time.’
Another woman, known as Esme, told the Times Brand had been threatening and verbally abusive towards her when she refused to have sex with him.
In a now deleted YouTube video, Brand can be heard joking about raping a woman during a recording of Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast in 2013.
Before the first allegations were published, Brand posted a video on Friday saying he has been ‘promiscuous’ but that all of his relationships have been ‘consensual’.
The BBC, Channel 4 and Banijay UK, which bought Endemol, the company commissioned by Channel 4 to produce the Big Brother spin-off shows Brand hosted, have all launched investigations into his behaviour while he was working on their programmes.
Downing Street urged the broadcasters to set out the results of their investigations into Brand ‘transparently’.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman called the allegations ‘very serious and concerning’.
Channel 4 announced it has removed content featuring Brand from its streaming service while it looks into the claims and will remind production companies of its code of conduct.
It comes after Brand was accused of pursuing audience members for sex while presenting Big Brother spin-off shows EFourum and Big Brother’s Big Mouth on Channel 4.
Banijay UK, which bought Endemol in 2020, said it has launched an ‘urgent internal investigation’ and encouraged ‘anybody who feels that they were affected by Brand’s behaviour’ to come forward.
The BBC is facing questions after one of the women, who was 16 when she claims Brand began a relationship with her, alleged he used the corporation’s car service to pick her up from school to take her to his home.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Monday, the woman, known as Alice, said Brand’s denial was ‘laughable’ and ‘insulting’.
In 2020, the same woman contacted Brand’s literary agent at the time, who was also the co-founder of talent agency Tavistock Wood.
A spokesman for the agency said Brand ‘categorically and vehemently denied the allegations’ at the time but they now believe they were ‘horribly misled’ and have terminated all professional ties with the comedian.
Yesterday a former model claimed Brand stalked her through streets in London demanding sex after they met in a bar, forcing her to run away from him in fear.
Revealing the distressing incident that took place in 2005, the woman – who remains anonymous – alleged that Brand followed five paces behind her for what ‘felt like a lifetime’ and shouted to her: ‘Let’s just f*** right here’.
The woman, who was in her 20s at the time, said she met Brand at a bar in Primrose Hill in London. She told of how despite telling him not to leave with her, Brand followed her into the street and became ‘creepy’.
‘It felt like he was hunting me down. It wasn’t flirty or fun. The word ‘predator’ is absolutely spot-on.
‘He was dead set on his goal. His intention was to have sex with someone, anyone,’ she told The Sun.
As Dispatches aired on Saturday Brand performed a sold out comedy gig at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in north-west London as part of his Bipolarisation tour.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said they do not have an open investigation into Brand, and another confirmed there have been no arrests following two allegations concerning claims that are said to have happened in the US.
The Met police said: ‘On Sunday September 17, the Met received a report of a sexual assault which was alleged to have taken place in Soho in central London in 2003.
‘Officers are in contact with the woman and will be providing her with support.
‘We first spoke with The Sunday Times on Saturday September 16 and have since made further approaches to The Sunday Times and Channel 4 to ensure that anyone who believes they have been the victim of a sexual offence is aware of how to report this to the police.’
The woman who has reported the alleged sexual assault had not spoken to The Sunday Times.
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