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Metropolitan Police Launch Investigation Into Allegations Against Russell Brand

Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into the “non recent” sexual offences allegations made against Russell Brand.

Earlier this month, an investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches made public allegations of rape, sexual assault and bullying against the 48-year-old.

Brand has denied all the allegations.

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In a statement from police, which did not identify Brand, they said, “a number of allegations of sexual offences in London” and other parts of the country had been received.

“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,” lead investigator of the case, Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy said.

“We understand it can feel like a difficult step to take and I want to reassure that we have a team of specialist officers available to advise and support.”

The statement also said police would offer support to “all the women” who have come forward with allegations and encourage others who believe they were sexually assaulted to come forward.

No arrests have been made at this stage.

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The original report publicised the claims of three women who alleged they were assaulted by Brand.

One woman said she was 16-years-old when she was assaulted, a second alleged she was raped in Brand’s Los Angeles’ home, while a third said alleged was also assaulted in his home.

Before the allegations were published, Brand published a video to social media denying the “very serious criminal allegations”, and insisted all the relationships were “consensual”.

Investigations will continue.

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