A masseuse reportedly reported that Russell Brand touched her and made her feel “like a prostitute” in 2014, prompting police to question the comedian.
The Sun on Sunday stated that an English masseuse complained nine years ago that the British comedian had attacked her at a home in Oxfordshire. The comedian is currently under investigation for allegedly raping four women.
On June 7, 2014, an unnamed masseuse said she was paid to offer Brand a birthday massage worth over $600.
The masseuse alleged that for 40 minutes before Brand was evicted from the estate, he touched her “in a sexual way” after she had escorted him to his massage table in the bathroom suite. She stated that she felt “like a prostitute” since she was paid for a massage she never delivered. The distressed woman reported the incident to Thames Valley Police, who questioned Brand about the allegations. Brand rejected the claims and described the interaction as “pleasant but awkward,” according to the report.
According to the Sun, Brand also claimed that surveillance footage from the property backed up his assertion that he was not evicted from the home.
The Sun reported the following month that Thames Valley Police had told the masseuse and Brand that they would not proceed. The masseuse was so outraged by the police’s verdict that she filed a complaint with the Independent Office for Police Misconduct.
The allegations are the most recent to surface against Brand, who was accused of sexually assaulting four women between 2006 and 2013. Among them is a girl who claims he called her “the child” when she was 16.
Another lady has come forward to Scotland Yard with allegations that Brand sexually attacked her in the trendy Soho neighborhood of Central London in 2003.
Operation Hydrant, Britain’s sex crimes unit established following the death of BBC star Jimmy Savile, was revealed to have molested hundreds of children and vulnerable adults, is now investigating Brand.
Brand’s former employer, the BBC, where he worked as a radio presenter at the time of the earliest allegations of assault, has announced that it has begun investigating them. Banijay UK, a production firm, has also started their investigation.
Brand has refuted the claims repeatedly, saying that his sexual encounters with the women who have come forward were “always consensual.”