Celebrity Gogglebox star Lucy Beaumont warned of 10 male predators in comedy industry before Russell Brand claims | The Sun

CELEBRITY Gogglebox star Lucy Beaumont had warned there are ten male predators in the comedy industry.

Her comments came before four women spoke out against comedian Russell Brand, accusing him of rape and sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013.

Brand has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

Speaking on The Comedian's Comedian Podcast alongside Stuart Goldsmith in July, Lucy claimed predatory men had "held her back" in her career.

She added: "I've had quite a few incidences where if you're in any other workforce you would go to HR [Human Resources], but there isn't one.

"I think it's just everywhere and it's not talked about enough. It upsets me when I hear about young female comics having the same experiences. I thought for a while it was the same five or six people – and now it's not – I could name you 10 or 15 because of course people talk."

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Lucy, 40, who is married to fellow comedian Jon Richardson, claimed comedians were gossips and "everybody knows".

She added: "If you don't know the ones I know yet then you will do soon. It [comedy] attracts such interesting, passionate, raw, edgy, wounded people – but it also attracts predatory men who are really messed up and sexually have been repressed for years. And they get a bit of fame and display these behaviours."

She claimed "it just gets covered up", adding: "Their agents know and the channels know and nobody seems to be doing anything about it."

It comes after comedian Sara Pascoe claimed there are two well-known predators in the British comedy industry.

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She said comedians had tried to set up a union to "stop predators".

She told the Independent: "We kept thinking that’s the problem – if we had a good enough union, there’d be a place where you could go and say ‘there’s this person getting women drunk at festivals and taking advantage of them'."

Last year Sara revealed she reported a male celebrity to telly bosses after a viewer told her: "That's my rapist."

Meanwhile, Katherine Ryan has told how she accused a telly colleague of being a sexual predator.

The Canadian star, 38, said she made the allegation in front of others working on a popular programme.

“I raised it. I called him a predator to his face and in front of everyone every day," she said.

It comes after the Metropolitan Police revealed a woman contacted them on Sunday saying she was sexually assaulted by Brand in London’s Soho in 2003.

The alleged offence took place three years before the first alleged assault revealed over the weekend by The Sunday Times and C4’s Dispatches programme.


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Brand took to YouTube before the programme aired to deny any wrongdoing.

He said: "What I seriously refute are these very very serious criminal allegations."

Russell Brand’s video transcript in full

Hello there, you awakening wonders.

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.

I have received two extremely disturbing letters – well a letter and an email.

One from a mainstream media TV company, one from a newspaper, listing a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks as well as some pretty stupid stuff – like my community festival should be stopped, that I shouldn't be able to attack mainstream media narratives on this channel.

But 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, and as I have 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. 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?

Particularly when we have seen coordinated media attacks before – like with Joe Rogan when he dared to take a medicine that the mainstream media didn't approve of and we saw a spate of headlines from media outlets across the world using the same language.

I’m aware that you guys have been saying in the comments for a while ‘Watch out Russell, they are coming for you, you are getting too close to the truth, Russell Brand did not kill himself’.

I know that a year ago there was a spate of articles ‘Russell Brand is a conspiracy theorist, Russell Brand’s right wing’.

I’m aware of news media making phone calls, sending letters to people I know for ages and ages.

It’s been clear to me or at least it feels to me like there's a serious and concerted agenda to control these kind of spaces and these kind of voices and I mean my voice along with your voice.

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. 

Also it’s worth mentioning that there are witnesses whose evidence directly contradicts the narratives that these two mainstream media outlets are trying to construct apparently in what seems to me to be a coordinated attack

Now I don't want to get into this any further because of the serious nature of the allegations, but I feel like I'm being attacked and plainly they are working very closely together

We are obviously going to look into this matter because it’s very, very serious. In the meantime I want you to stay close, stay awake but more important than any of that if you can, please, stay free.

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