Russell Brand postponed the remaining dates of his comedy tour on Monday, two days after British news organizations published an investigation in which several women accused him of sexual assault.
Mr Brand was due to play two shows this week as part of his ‘Bipolarisation’ tour of Britain.
But in a statement on Monday provided by the Theater Royal Windsor, which was due to host Mr Brand on Tuesday, the comedian’s promoters said the remaining dates of the tour would not go ahead. “We don’t like doing this,” the statement added, “but we know you’ll understand.”
On Friday, Mr Brand denied what he called “serious criminal allegations” in a video posted on his YouTube channel. This statement was published shortly before three British news organizations published the investigation in which four women accused him of sexual assault, including one count of rape.
“Amidst this litany of stunning, rather baroque attacks, there are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute,” Mr. Brand said in the video, adding that past sexual encounters were “always consensual.”
Since two newspapers, The Times of London and The Sunday Times of London, and the Dispatches television program published their joint investigation, several organizations associated with Mr. Brand have distanced themselves from the comedian and actor, who had prominent roles in the 2008 rom . -com “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and the 2011 remake of “Arthur”.
On Monday, The Bookseller, the UK trade magazine for the publishing industry, announced that Mr. Brand’s publisher, Bluebird, has suspended his work with the comedian. Bluebird was scheduled to publish “Recovery: The Workbook,” a guide to overcoming addictions, on Dec. 28. Bluebird did not respond to a request for comment.
Later on Monday, London’s police said in a statement that they had “received a report of an alleged sexual assault in Soho, central London in 2003”.
British police forces never confirm the identity of the individual who is the subject of a complaint, but the statement was issued in response to questions about a journalist’s investigation into Mr Brand.
Mr. Brand has yet to respond to this latest allegation. At noon EDT Monday, the comedian was scheduled to host a live stream on Rumble, a social network associated with conservative voices, but did not appear at that time.