A documentary’s aired allegations of serious sexual assault which the comedian deniesRussell Brand leaves the Troubabour Wembley Park theatre in north-west LondonAuthor: Abi SimpsonPublished 40 minutes ago
Comedian and actor Russell Brand has told an audience in London there were things he “could not discuss” just hours after allegations of rape, sexual assault and coercive behaviour made against him were published.
Five women have alleged sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013, when Brand was at the height of his fame, in a joint investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
He denies all allegations.
He performed in front of thousands of people at his show, Bipolarisation, at the Troubadour Wembley Park theatre in North-West London on Saturday night.
He arrived in a black Mercedes 46 minutes late to the sold-out gig, which was due to start at 7pm but did not in fact begin until after 8pm.
The venue has a capacity of 2,000 and fans who had not bought valid tickets could be seen before the show begging front of house staff to let them in.
The set itself was shorter than the time crowds had waited for it to begin, and people could be seen leaving an hour and three minutes after it began.
A video from inside the venue shows him being met with cheers before he began his set.
Dressed in white trainers, grey jeans, a black jacket and sunglasses, Brand appeared to briefly address the allegations made against him.
Audience members told the PA news agency Brand expressed his love for the crowd, but told them he hoped they “appreciate” that there were certain things he could not talk about during the show.
The comedian made a swift exit from the venue just before 9.40pm.
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