British actor, comedian, and podcaster Russell Brand has joined the “long list of rich and powerful men to be accused of … grossly, terribly mistreating women,” Lauren Chen reports.
Brand recently posted a video to his account in which he said: “Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute.”
Brand has historically been open about his past in an effort to be transparent with his audience. However, he says that his “transparency metastasized into something criminal,” which “makes [him] question” whether there is “another agenda” at play.
According to the New York Post, Brand has been accused of “raping, sexually assaulting and abusing four women over the course of seven years–and one victim of a 16-year-old he called ‘the child.”’
“It’s safe to say that the allegations against Russell Brand are about as serious as they come,” says Lauren. “This is some Harvey Weinstein-level stuff here.”
However, Brand has “denied these allegations very fiercely.”
Lauren, who watched Channel 4’s 90-minute exposé on Brand and read practically every article on the subject, says that she’s “not out here trying to support an abuser in any way, shape, or form,” but the truth is “there just isn’t enough evidence out there right now … to condemn this man as a rapist.”
“I am against abuse; I am against assault; I am against doing anything to someone against their will,” she promises, but “that doesn’t mean that I have to throw away the presumption of innocence or the concept of due process.”
“The fact of the matter is that right now, the allegations against him are basically just hearsay,” she says.
Brand, Chen, and many others wonder whether there may be foul play involved with this sudden onslaught of allegations.
“I know I’m likely to be dismissed as a conspiracy theorist,” says Lauren, “but really, we have to wonder why these media outlets took it upon themselves to try to dig up all this dirt on Russell Brand in the first place. Because, make no mistake, the articles about Russell Brand [and] this whole documentary by Channel 4 — they are the product of journalists not liking someone and therefore deciding to dig into their lives to see what type of dirt they might find.”
What’s more is that an NBC News article confirms that this is true.
The article stated that “the women said that they only felt ready to tell their stories after being approached by reporters, with some citing Brand’s newfound prominence as an online wellness influencer as a factor in their decision to speak.”
“Like, this was a coordinated and malicious attack to take Russell Brand down,” says Lauren, “and if you’re wondering why they might do that, then I’m gonna assume you haven’t been paying attention to Russell Brand’s content.”
For those who don’t watch Brand, he has become increasingly outspoken when it comes to “the elites’ agenda” and “attacking our political class, … specifically ripping into Big Pharma.”
“Let’s face it — these are powerful people that Brand is attacking,” says Lauren, “people [who] have a means of retribution.”
While many have been quick to immediately believe corporate media’s narrative, others — including Tucker Carlson, Andrew Tate, and Elon Musk — have come out in support of Brand.
In response to the news about Brand, Tucker tweeted: “Criticize the drug companies, question the war in Ukraine, and you can be pretty sure this is going to happen.”
Tate tagged Brand in a tweet that said, “Welcome to the club,” alongside a picture of an armored knight next to the caption “On my way to fight the crazy b**** allegations.”
Musk posted a simple tweet that just said: “Of course. They don’t like competition.”
“All I’m saying is that, since I consider myself to be a rational and fair person, it’s going to take a lot more than anonymous sources and ‘he said, she said’ for me to essentially believe the worst about someone,” concludes Lauren.
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