London’s Met Police has said it has received a report of an alleged sexual assault relating to the recently reported allegations made against Russell Brand.
Over the weekend, the comedian, actor and TV host was the subject of a joint investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches in which four women accused him of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse between 2006 and 2013, all of which he has vehemently denied.
“We are aware of reporting by the Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches about allegations of sexual offences,” a spokesperson for Scotland Yard said in a statement published by The Guardian. “On Sunday 17 September, 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.”
Scotland Yard added: “We first spoke with the Sunday Times on Saturday 16 September 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. We continue to encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a sexual offence, no matter how long ago it was, to contact us.”
Following the expose into Brand, which was published on Sep. 16, the BBC, Channel 4 and Banijay UK, which employed Brand at various stages of his career and during the period where the allegations are said to have occurred, have each launched their own internal investigations. In an email to staff, Channel 4 — where Brand rose to fame as the host of Big Brother spin-off Big Brother’s Big Mouth — said it was looking into whether people at the network “had knowledge of the alleged behaviors.”