A woman has claimed that Russell Brand groomed and assaulted her when she was just 16, it has emerged.
The woman – referred to as Alice to protect her identity – claimed she was in an ’emotionally abusive and controlling relationship’ with Brand, then 31, for about three months, a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches has revealed.
She alleges he took her virginity, was ‘preoccupied’ with her being ‘innocent and pure’, and often referred to her as ‘The Child’. The woman alleges he helped her craft lies to deceive her parents and encouraged her to hide their relationship from her friends.
Alice also claimed the actor and comedian once kissed her mother in front of her and, on a separate occasion, ‘forced his penis down her throat’ and ‘made her choke’, only stopping after she punched him in the stomach.
Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assaults and emotional abuse during a seven-year period. Four women have alleged sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013, when he was at the height of his fame, working for BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4 as well as starring in Hollywood films.
He also faces allegations of controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour.
Brand vehemently denies the allegations and in a video posted online on Friday, stated all of his relationships have been consensual, before accusing the media of a ‘co-ordinated attack’.
Alice (pictured) alleges that Russell Brand sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old. She claims he would send a car to have her taken out of secondary school lessons, was ‘preoccupied’ with her being ‘innocent and pure’, and often referred to her as ‘The Child’. She also alleged that he ‘forced his penis down her throat’
Russell Brand (pictured in 2012) has been accused of rape, sexual assaults and emotional abuse during a seven-year period. Four women have alleged sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013. He vehemently denies the allegations and in a video posted online on Friday, stated all of his relationships have been consensual, before accusing the media of a ‘co-ordinated attack’
Alice claimed she met Brand in 2006 while shopping at now closed Topshop in Oxford Circus, Leicester Square. He had been working at a nearby studio.
She told the investigation that he took her shopping bags from her, went through her purchases and critiqued each item. She claimed that he even pulled out a red dress and told her: ‘You’re going to wear this on our date this week’.
She claimed the pair went out to dinner on their first date and although she dressed up for the occasion, ‘I didn’t look like a woman by any means’.
Alice recalled Brand asking her to confirm she was at least 16, the age of consent in the UK, while on their first date. She told the investigation that he said: ‘I don’t give a f*** if you’re 12 . . . I need to know where I stand legally.’
She claimed that at the start of their relationship, Brand was ‘very charming and very attentive’. She alleged he would send her ‘verbose’ messages and often left her feeling ‘giddy’ and ‘special’.
However, she also claims that he was aroused by the fact that she was a virgin, claiming he would call her his ‘baby’, cradle her in his arms like a child and stroke her hair. She further claimed that he said she was ‘like my little dolly’.
She also claimed he assumed a ‘power stance’ during sex that left her feeling like he believed he was ‘conquering something’.
Alice claims that after he forced her into oral sex, Brand told her: ‘Oh I only wanted to see your mascara run anyway’. During one of his comedy performances (pictured above), he told the audience: ‘Them b******s where the mascara runs a little bit. Good’
Alice claimed he coached her on what to tell her parents – by providing her with ‘scripts’ on what to say – when he wanted to see her and said he would even send taxi cabs to her secondary school to pick her up.
She claimed their relationship was ‘isolating’ because Brand asked her keep it a secret from her friends, allegedly telling her that if they knew they would ‘be looking to make money from it’.
Alice, who has now branded the star’s alleged behaviour as ‘grooming’, claimed that after they throughout their relationship he would refer to her as ‘The Child’ and gradually became ‘controlling, and then emotionally and sexually abusive’.
She claims that Brand even once forced her to have oral sex with him, despite her repeatedly refusing.
‘I was sat up in the bed up against the headboard, and he forced his penis down my throat and I couldn’t breathe. It was just choking me and I couldn’t breathe, and I was pushing him away and he wasn’t backing off at all,’ she told the investigation.
Alice said she had to ‘punch him really hard in the stomach’ to get him off of her. She then recalls lying on the bed, crying.
She claims he told her, ‘Oh I only wanted to see your mascara run anyway’, before proceeding to get on top of her, hold her mouth open, and drool inside it. She recalled ‘gagging’ as he ‘held my mouth shut and mad me swallow it’.
She also alleged that he had invited her to his 31st birthday party. Alice claims her mother dropped her off at Brand’s house and, as they met him at his doorstep, allegedly kissed her mother.
Alice said she finally ended her relationship with Russell Brand (pictured in 2014) after she came over to his residence and witnessed him in bed with another woman
Alice recalled her mother wanting her to leave, but she says she decided to stay and attend the party instead. Her mother had reportedly been vocal about her opposition to the relationship throughout its run.
The alleged sexual assault victim said she finally ended her relationship with Brand after she came over to his residence and witnessed him in bed with another woman.
She told the investigation that she has decided to share her story now because she wants the law to be changed to better protect people under the age of 18, arguing she was too young at 16 to be consenting to sex with an adult.
‘It shouldn’t be legal for a 16-year-old to have a relationship with a man in their thirties. There should be something in place to protect children,’ she said, adding. ‘My mum still feels like she failed me in some way in allowing this to happen, but she had no recourse at all.’
In late 2020, Alice contacted Brand’s literary agent, Angharad Wood, the co-founder of Tavistock Wood, to report the actor’s alleged behaviour.
She claimed she was told by a lawyer acting on Brand’s behalf that he denied the accusations. But in a fresh development tonight, Brand was removed from the websites of Curtis Brown and Tavistock Wood.
In a statement about Alice’s 2020 allegations, Tavistock Wood tonight said: ‘Russell Brand categorically and vehemently denied the allegation made in 2020, but we now believe we were horribly misled by him. Tavistock Wood has terminated all professional ties to Brand.’