The last three performances of British comedian Russell Brand’s tour have been postponed, the tour organization reports. It was announced on Saturday that he has been accused by several women of, among other things, rape and sexual assault. Brand was scheduled to perform at various locations in the United Kingdom this week.
“We don’t like doing it, but we know you will understand,” the organization said. New dates for Brand’s shows have not yet been announced. A theater in Windsor where Brand was scheduled to perform says people with tickets can get their money back.
The actor and comedian denies the allegations of sexual abuse. On Saturday evening, after the news had become known, he was still on stage in London. There he received a standing ovation from those present. “I love you guys, thank you. There are things I can’t talk about and hopefully you understand,” Brand told the crowd.
Sunak: allegations particularly serious
British Prime Minister Sunak has said through his spokesman that he considers it a positive development that the BBC and Channel 4 are conducting an investigation. Brand worked as a presenter at both broadcasters in the past.
“They must present their findings and do so in a transparent manner,” Sunak said. “I’m not going to anticipate that.” However, he calls the allegations “particularly serious and worrying”.
Banijay, the parent company of the originally Dutch production company Endemol, is also conducting an internal investigation into Brand’s behavior when he presented shows for Endemol.
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